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What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?

Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.

Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:

  • Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
  • Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
  • Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.

What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?

Traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligners, and dental veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when deciding which treatment will be best, and each of these options works better in certain situations.

  • Invisalign® aligners are clear; no one may even notice that you're wearing braces, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
  • Invisalign® is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners when you eat.
  • You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible.
  • Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® does not use metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth.
  • In addition, you'll spend less time in the doctor's chair and having to schedule appointments, and more time out doing the things you love.
  • Lastly, Invisalign® allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start your treatment, so that you can preview how your straight teeth will look once your treatment is complete.

Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligners are fully removable. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.

Invisalign® is preferable to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.

Will Invisalign Fit My Lifestyle?

  • Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want.
  • Since Invisalign® is virtually invisible, chances are no one will even notice anything is different, until your new smile is revealed, of course.
  • You can remove your Invisalign® aligners, so you can brush and floss regularly and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • You can occasionally remove your Invisalign® aligners and enjoy a special night out.
  • There's no need to change a thing. Continue your day-to-day activities while still straightening your teeth.
  • Be yourself with Invisalign®. Since it's clear, you don't have to hide your smile while going through treatment.
  • With Invisalign®, it's easy to make your smile picture perfect for that special occasion.
  • Invisalign® appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check once every six weeks.

 

What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® aligners?

Life with Invisalign® aligners may take several weeks to get used to. The aligners should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the aligners when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.

Usually, new aligners are necessary every two weeks, and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligners have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.

 

To schedule a free consultation to determine if Invisalign is right for you, contact us today.

For more information on Invisalign®, you can visit the Invisalign web site.


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