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If you opted not to have braces as a child or you’ve developed minor alignment issues in your smile, it can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. In many cases like this, your orthodontist, Dr. Gary Lee Breece, might recommend realigning your teeth with Invisalign®.

Invisalign in Enid, Oklahoma. is a series of clear, plastic aligners. Each set is tuned to bring you one small step closer to your ideal alignment. You will need to change the aligners 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®, your orthodontist will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This will also help define your alignment goals and determine the number of custom aligners needed to achieve your ideal smile.

Then, he will 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 minimize the duration of the realignment process, you will need to wear the plastic aligners in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments 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 the aligners in your mouth, but you will 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 Invisalign® aligners in the case provided when you’re not wearing them.

Once your teeth have achieved their new positions, you might need to use a removable, clear, plastic retainer. This will help hold your teeth in their new alignment while the minor tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides.

If you are interested in Invisalign® in Enid, Oklahoma, you should call 580-233-2557 to schedule an appointment.