In the past, some teenagers would opt out of wearing traditional metal-and-bracket braces and choose to live with minor alignment issues in their smile. For these people, the passage of time will do little to improve the position of their teeth. In fact, the aging process, potential tooth loss or cavities could even exacerbate pre-existing orthodontic issues.
For adults struggling with such alignment issues, Dr. Philip Tetz might recommend fitting you for Invisalign® in San Antonio, Texas.
This orthodontic solution comes in the form of a series of clear, plastic aligners. Each pair of aligners is tuned to bring you one small step closer to your ideal alignment. You will need to change them out every two weeks. This will gradually reposition your teeth for a better-functioning mouth and the winning smile you’ve always wanted.
To fit you for Invisalign®, Dr. Philip Tetz will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This also helps define your alignment goals and the number of custom aligners needed to achieve your ideal smile.
Dr. Philip Tetz will then take an impression of your teeth. This will be sent to the Invisalign® laboratory where the custom aligners will be created to match the unique characteristics of your mouth.
To effectively maximize the realignment effect, you will need to wear the plastic aligners for at least 20 hours each day. This allows the aligners to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth, gradually repositioning them a little bit closer to your ideal smile.
Every two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that are designed to bring you one step closer to your final alignment. The number of aligners needed will vary.
You can drink normally with Invisalign® in your mouth, yet you will still need to remove them before eating. You should never use tobacco or chew gum while the aligners are in your mouth. This could cause damage to the aligners and slow the realignment process. Be sure to keep the removable aligners in the case provided when you’re not wearing them.
If you are interested in having Invisalign® adjust your smile, you should call 210-231-0430 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Phil's Family Dental Care PLLC.