Teeth Straightening With Invisalign
Invisalign is a series of clear trays that are designed to provide orthodontic tooth movement to improve function, appearance and hygiene. One of the biggest hurdles for adult orthodontics is the look and feel of wearing metal brackets and wires. Most adults would prefer to avoid this path if possible. Invisalign offers a desirable solution by using clear, removable trays that offer a metal-free solution while also allowing easier access for brushing and flossing during the journey to a straighter smile.
Invisalign orthodontics is utilized to manage bite issues such as malocclusion, abnormal wear, TMJ, and to improve smile appearance. As we are growing and developing as children, certain factors can impact the positioning of permanent teeth. Genetics plays a huge role in how we develop. If either the mother or father had a need for orthodontic intervention, then there’s a fair chance their children will need ortho as well. Genetics can also increase the chances of having missing teeth as an adult. Habits, such as mouth breathing and thumb sucking can narrow the arches and make the teeth crowded. Losing teeth early can also create spacing that allows teeth to shift into unnatural positions resulting in crowding in some instances, while creating more gaps than ideal in others.
With Invisalign, we can move teeth into better alignment. This allows for reduced risk for decay and gum disease due to overlapped teeth that are difficult to keep clean. Crooked teeth can also wear faster over time during the normal act of chewing food. By moving teeth into a stable position, the wear pattern can be reduced significantly. Better positioning can also allow the teeth and jaw joints to function more efficiently, helping with the management of TMJ issues and potentially preventing future joint problems. And of course, using Invisalign to move teeth can remove the unwanted appearance of crooked teeth and give you a smile that’s beautiful and natural.
Invisalign can take as little as 3 months, or as long as 18 months plus to get the teeth into the best position possible. During the movement of the teeth, there can be mild discomfort as you transition from each tray. This pain is very minimal and typically only lasts for a day. And once you are finished, retainers are always required to maintain the new position.
Check with your provider today to see if you are a candidate!