What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clear aligners that fit snuggly over the teeth. The aligners are made of multiple layers of SmartTrack material to gradually move the teeth into the desired position. Unlike braces which use metal brackets and wires, Invisalign offers a less noticeable and more comfortable solution to achieving straighter teeth.
Can I Benefit from Invisalign?
You can benefit from Invisalign if you have mild to moderate misaligned teeth and wish to straighten them without the use of braces. Invisalign can benefit both teens and adults who experience one or more of the following:
- Gapped Teeth – A gap can occur when a tooth is lost or when the jawbone continues to grow abnormally.
- Overbite – An overbite occurs when the top teeth bite over the bottom teeth and can cause other issues such as irritation, lower teeth wear, and jaw problems.
- Underbite – An underbite occurs then the bottom teeth extend further than the top teeth when biting down. This can affect the function of the teeth and cause wear on the molars.
- Crossbite – A crossbite occurs when both the upper and lower teeth are misaligned. This can wear on the teeth and result in gum disease and bone loss.
- Open Bite – An open bite occurs when some of the teeth are not able to make contact for a proper bite. An open bite can impair chewing function and result in TMJ disorder.
- Overly Crowded – An overcrowded mouth occurs when there is not enough room for teeth to fit and align properly. This can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
Invisalign can correct these issues to prevent further complications from arising.
What to Expect from Treatment with Invisalign
Once you and your dentist have decided that Invisalign is right for you, a unique treatment plan will be formed. First, a digital scanning system is used to take 3D images of your teeth. Your dentist might also take impressions using dental putty. Next, several sets of aligners will be created to fit your teeth throughout the process. Your aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat, brush, or floss. Your teeth will begin to shift with your aligners and you will graduate to a new one every week or two, depending on your dentist’s treatment plan for you. You will also be required to attend check-ups to evaluate your progress.
If you are interested in treatment with Invisalign, contact our office today.