Invisalign uses a unique method to straighten your teeth. Traditional metal braces are not removable and can be difficult to keep clean. Invisalign on the other hand, uses custom made aligners created just for you. The comfortable aligner trays come in a set that are smooth and almost invisible. When you wear the aligner trays, they gently shift your teeth into place over time. There are absolutely no metal wires or brackets to deal with or wires to adjust.
How Does It Work?
Invisalign is almost effortless. You just have to wear a new set of aligner trays about every two weeks. The trays will gradually move your teeth into place until your treatment is complete. There is very little adjustment that you have to make to your daily life. You can have a great smile with very little interference in your life. Most of your friends and family will not even though that you are straightening your teeth.
What Can Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign can be used to treat many dental issues that were once too complicated to treat in the past. Examples of dental issues that Invisalign may be able to treat are:
Crowded Teeth – Crowding occurs due to inadequate space in your jaw your teeth to fit properly. If untreated, crowding can get worse with time, and progress to crooked teeth. Crowding makes plaque accumulation easier. This can lead to tooth decay and increased risk of gum disease.
Crossbite – This occurs when your jaws are not aligned properly. This can cause uneven and early wear of the teeth.
Gapped Teeth / Spacing – Gaps or spaces between teeth can occur due to extra growth of the jawbone. A missing tooth or missing teeth causes nearby teeth to drift into the empty space, creating gaps.
Overbite – Overbite or overjet occurs when the upper teeth bite and cover the lower teeth. It can be caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or an under developed bone that supports the teeth.
Underbite – This occurs when the lower teeth extend past the front teeth. It can be caused by an under developed upper jaw or over grown lower jaw, or both. This can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Open Bite – This occurs when some teeth do not make contact with the opposing teeth when you bite. This can lead to TMJ issues.