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Minor deviations in the alignment of your teeth can start to develop with age or as a result of previous tooth loss. If it’s caught early Dr. Amy Richter might be able to correct the problem by providing you with clear plastic aligners from Invisalign®.

Every two weeks you will need to switch to a new set of clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into their ideal position. This often takes four to six weeks. Once this has been accomplished you can enjoy a more appealing smile.

Yet this will not be the end of the realignment process. There will still be some tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the sockets. If it’s not address this tension could cause your teeth to relapse out of alignment.

In many of these cases, Dr. Amy Richter can fit you for a clear plastic retainer at her orthodontic clinic. This simple mouthpiece is made from a clear plastic material. You will need to wear the retainer in your mouth at the necessary times. The total duration of your retention phase will likely be the same as the time it took to correct your smile with braces.

While it’s in your mouth you can drink and speak normally. However, you will need to take the clear plastic retainer out to prevent damage when eating. Any time you remove it, you should keep the clear plastic retainer in the case provided. Improving a case with a plastic bag or a napkin should only be a last resort.

Rinsing the retainer each time you take it out can help keep it fresh by removing any stray plaque. You should also soak it each night in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash. If necessary you can gently brush away any plaque buildup with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste. Try not to use abrasive toothpaste as it could dull the plastic material.

If you are in the Buffalo, New York, area and you have minor alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 716-239-4815 to schedule a consultation appointment at Amy Richter Orthodontics.