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Minor alignment issues in your smile can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. In many of these cases, your orthodontist, Dr. Darrell Spilsbury, can help improve the alignment of your teeth by fitting you for Invisalign®.

In most cases, he can fit you for Invisalign® in a single appointment. Your orthodontist will start by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays to make sure your teeth are healthy. This also helps define your alignment goals and the number of custom aligners needed to restore the alignment of your smile.

Then, he will take an impression of your teeth. This will be sent to the Invisalign® laboratory where a series of aligner trays will be made to custom match your teeth.

You will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day to effectively realign your smile in the shortest amount of time. Every specific set of aligners is designed to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth, repositioning them a little bit closer to your ideal smile.

Every two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that are tuned a little closer to your alignment goals. The number of aligners needed will vary. Most people meet their alignment goals in three to four sets of aligners.

Even though you can drink normally with the aligners in your mouth, you will still need to remove them before eating. You should never smoke or chew gum while the aligners are in your mouth as this could potentially damage the aligners. Be sure to keep the clear, plastic aligners in the case provided when you’re not wearing them.

If you would like to improve the minor alignment issues in your smile with Invisalign® in Henderson, Nevada, you should call 702-434-0063 to schedule an appointment at Spilsbury Orthodontics.