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Alignment, overcrowding or overbite issues in your smile can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. If your smile only needs a modest amount of realignment, your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, can fit you for Invisalign® to improve your smile in a brief amount of time.

The process starts with Dr. Christopher Liang performing a thorough examination of your mouth, which will include taking a few X-rays. This helps determine the overall health of your teeth and define your alignment goals.

Then, Dr. Christopher Liang will create a detailed impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a special Invisalign laboratory. This will be used to form your first set of custom aligners. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually and progressively adjust the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into their sockets. You will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day.

Every two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that are tuned to bring you one step closer to your ideal smile. As long as you are wearing the aligners during the prescribed times, you should expect to meet your alignment goals in around six to eight weeks.

You can speak and drink normally while the aligners are in your mouth, but 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 have minor alignment issues in your smile, you should call Straight Smile at 301-841-9348 to ask about Invisalign in College Park, Maryland.