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As you go through life, things like the natural processes of aging, tooth decay or past tooth extractions can cause your teeth to come out of alignment. Sometimes this change is so minute that traditional metal and bracket braces aren’t necessary. Invisalign® uses clear plastic aligners to help adults with minor alignment issues to restore their even smile in as little as six to eight weeks.

To be fitted for Invisalign, your Miller & Simarro Dental Care orthodontist, Dr. Mark Miller, will need to examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This gives him a clear understanding of the structure of your mouth and it also helps define your alignment goals. Your orthodontist will then form a detailed impression of your teeth, which will serve as a guide for the Invisalign laboratory technicians who produce your custom set of aligners.

Each set of aligners is designed to gradually and progressively adjust the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into the sockets. You will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to minimize the total duration of the realignment process.

After two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that will bring your teeth a little bit closer to their ideal alignment. Most people meet their alignment goal in about six to eight weeks.

When you have Invisalign aligners in your mouth, you can drink normally. However, you will need to remove them when eating. You should not smoke and chew gum when the aligners are in your mouth. When you are not wearing the aligners, you should keep them in the case provided.

If you have minor alignment issues with your teeth and you’re interested in Invisalign in Antioch, California, you should call Miller & Simarro Dental Care at 925-754-6020 to see if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.