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Your dentition is designed so that each of your teeth meets with its partners for maximum oral function yet minimal impact on the tooth enamel. When minor alignment issues occur with two or more teeth, it can gradually start to affect the integrity of one of your teeth.

The excess wear and tear caused by alignment issues can cause dental attrition complications and an increased chance of suffering dental fracture. At the same time, the compromised tooth enamel is also more susceptible to tooth decay.

One easy way to correct minor alignment issues with your teeth is to have the orthodontic specialists at Richmond Orthodontics’s Richmond, Virginia clinic fit you for Invisalign® style braces. In many cases, it can improve the alignment of teeth without the need for traditional braces hardware.

Your orthodontist will start with a thorough examination of your teeth. This helps to determine the overall health of your teeth and define your alignment goals.

Then we will prepare a detailed impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the Invisalign® dental lab. They will use this to develop a series of custom aligner trays. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually adjust the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth into the sockets.

You will need to wear the Invisalign® aligners in your mouth for up to 20 hours each day. After two weeks, you will need to change to a new set of aligners. Each one is tuned to be one step closer to your ideal smile. If you wear the aligners during the prescribed times you should expect to meet your alignment goals in around six to eight weeks.

While you’re wearing Invisalign® in your mouth you can drink and speak normally. However, you will need to remove them before you eat. You should never smoke or chew gum while the aligners are in your mouth. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep the aligners in the case provided.

If you are in the Richmond, Virginia area and you are concerned about alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 804-740-7281 to schedule an Invisalign® consultation at Richmond Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic.