What is Invisalign?
Put it simply, Invisalign® clear aligners fix crooked teeth. They work like metal braces and are specifically designed to give you the smile you want without any of the lifestyle changes you don’t. The treatment process includes a series of almost invisible aligners that are switched out approximately every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place.
Does it really work?
Yes. The Invisalign® clear aligner system is the best way to transform your smile and correct the following issues without interfering in your day-to-day life:
Overly crowded teeth:
Sometimes a person’s jaw is too small for all the teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, increase the chance of gum disease, and prevent normal jaw function or chewing.
This happens when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned and one or more of the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. It can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. A crossbite can cause unnatural wearing on your teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.
What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet” and it happens when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. Typically, overjet is caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. A serious overjet can lead to gum problems, irritation, and wear on the lower teeth causing a painful jaw and joint problems.
An underbite happens when the lower teeth protrude past the top front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. Underbite can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars – the flat teeth at the back of your jaw – and like overbite it can lead to tooth wear and painful jaw and joint problems.
Underbite widely spaced teeth:
This occurs with abnormal growth of the jawbone or when teeth are missing, and the other teeth shift due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.
Contact your dentist and schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign® clear aligners are right for you.