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Minor alignment issues with your smile can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Beyond the simple social ramifications, misaligned teeth can also impair the function of your mouth and increase your chances of having chipped tooth enamel.

One way to improve the alignment of your smile and prevent further complications is to have your orthodontist, Dr. Stephan Ramsay, fit you for Invisalign® in Austin, Texas.

This is essentially a set of removable aligners that are made from a durable, clear, plastic material. When they are in your mouth, the casual observer can’t even notice you are wearing Invisalign®.

Each set of custom aligners is designed to make minute adjustments to the alignment and position of your teeth. At two week intervals, you will need to switch to a new set of clear, plastic aligners. Each new pair is tuned to bring you one gradual step closer to your final alignment goals.

While you are wearing Invisalign®, you can drink and speak normally. However, you should abstain from eating, chewing gum, or using tobacco products while the aligner is in your mouth. If you need to remove the aligner, you should keep it in the case provided. Improvising with a napkin or a plastic bag is inadvisable.

Most people meet their alignment goals in about the same amount of time braces would straighten your teeth. Once this has been achieved, Dr. Stephan Ramsay might fit you for a clear, plastic retainer. This is a simple, removable dental appliance that is made from a similar clear, plastic material like the Invisalign® aligners. Wearing it for a few weeks during the prescribed times will help ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions.

If you are interested in having Invisalign® improve your smile, you should call 512-346-1384 to schedule a consultation at Ramsay Orthodontics.