Ideally, your bite pattern should allow your teeth to meet at an angle for maximum contact between the biting surfaces of each tooth and its partner in your dentition. This specifically relates to the function of the teeth, so that the occlusal surfaces of the front teeth are meeting properly when biting off hard foods, while the biting surfaces of back teeth are connecting to later chew and grind.
It’s worth noting that the natural aging process and certain dental conditions can gradually start to alter the healthy alignment of your teeth. As this continues to occur the irregularities can chip a tooth or lead to other conditions like dental attrition.
Fortunately, minor deviations in the alignment of your teeth can often be corrected by having Dr. Katie Lippas fit you for Invisalign®. This popular brand of clear plastic aligners can often correct minor alignment problems in as little as six to eight weeks.
Dr. Katie Lippas will perform a basic assessment of your teeth to determine the number of aligners needed to fully correct your smile. Dr. Katie Lippas will then form a detailed impression of your teeth. It will be sent to the Invisalign® labs to guide their technicians while they create your aligners.
You will need to wear Invisalign® in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours each day. This will allow the aligners to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor each of your teeth in their socket.
Each set of clear plastic aligners will be designed to move your teeth one small step closer to their ideal alignment. You will need to change to a new set of aligners every two weeks to fully correct the position and orientation of your teeth.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you are interested in having Invisalign® correct the alignment your teeth, you should call 214-613-1355 to set up a consultation appointment at Walnut Glen Family Dental.