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If the teeth in your smile suffer from minor alignment issues, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance. Sometimes traditional metal braces might not even be needed to improve your smile. In a case like this, your orthodontist, Dr. L. C. Chilimigras, can fit you for Invisalign® in Battle Creek, Michigan, which is a treatment that can give you the smile you’ve always wanted in as little as six to eight weeks.

Before fitting you for Invisalign, Dr. L. C. Chilimigras will want to thoroughly examine your mouth, which will include taking a few X-rays. This helps determine the overall health of your teeth while also defining your alignment goals.

Dr. L. C. Chilimigras will then cast an 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 anchor your teeth into their sockets. You will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day.

You will switch to another set of aligners every two weeks, which will take you one step closer to your ideal smile. So, 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 drink normally while the aligner is in your mouth. However, you will need to remove it before you eat. You should never smoke or chew gum while the aligner is in your mouth. When you’re not wearing the appliance, you should keep it in the case provided.

If your smile could use some minor improvements, you should call Lakeview Dental Care at 269-964-7660 to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.