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The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly a third of American adults are dissatisfied with their smile’s appearance. Unfortunately, many adults are uncomfortable with the idea of having traditional braces installed in their mouth, and the overt impact it has on their appearance.

One possible solution to both of these problems, is to have Dr. Lanier fit you for Invisalign® at their Chesapeake, Virginia clinic. These are removable clear plastic aligners, that when worn, make it hard for the casual observer to notice.

The process starts with a thorough examination of your mouth. This helps to determine the overall health of your teeth and define your alignment goals.

Dr. Lanier will then create a detailed impression of your teeth. This will be sent to a special Invisalign® laboratory, where they will 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 Invisalign® for 20 to 22 hours each day, for two weeks. At this point, you will switch to a new set of aligners. Each pair will be tuned to be 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.

While you have 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 interested in having Invisalign® realign your smile, you should call 757-541-2168 to schedule to set up a consultation at Dr. Lanier’s Chesapeake, Virginia clinic.