When properly aligned, your upper teeth should very slightly overlap the lower teeth. This evenly distributes bite force which allows you to effectively and efficiently chew your food.
According to research, approximately 75% of the population has some level of malocclusion, also known as “bad bite” or misalignment. This includes several issues, including:
These issues can lead to a variety of dental problems, including:
The type and severity varies from one patient to another. Since the late 1990s, Invisalign has become the most commonly used treatment for mild to moderate malocclusions- especially for older teens and adults who are concerned with their appearance.
In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about Invisalign treatment at Clarksburg Dental Center in Germantown.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces for treating mild to moderate dental misalignments. If you have a severe misalignment, you may require traditional braces or surgery.
This is a system of clear aligner trays, similar to a retainer. The trays are custom-made to fit snugly against your teeth, placing even pressure on them to push them into proper alignment. The result is a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. In addition, straightening teeth can resolve functionality issues as well.
The aligners are designed to be removed while eating and while taking care of oral hygiene- but should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Your treatment plan will involve several aligners, which are changed out every 1 to 3 weeks based on the type and severity of your malocclusion.
There are several advantages associated with Invisalign treatment:
Invisalign aligners are made from medical-grade plastic known as SmartTrack, which is patented for Invisalign. It is free from both phthalate and BPA, making it 100% safe.
There are a few things that you can do to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment, including:
The popularity of Invisalign led other companies to create their own aligners. However, these tend to be more self-directed without the involvement of an orthodontist or other dental professional. Some of the other brands are thicker, which means they are harder to get used to. Others are thinner and seem to be less effective. Treatment times are generally longer with other options as well.
Candidacy for Invisalign treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis. This system is designed to treat mild to moderate malocclusion. However, when used with Invisalign attachments, it may also be appropriate for more complex cases. It is not the best option for significant gaps or severely crooked/rotated teeth.
Additionally, this treatment is typically recommended for older teens and adults, since compliance is a major factor in the effectiveness of treatment.
If you have mild to moderate malocclusion and are interested in learning more about your treatment options, including Invisalign, schedule your consultation with the team at Clarksburg Dental Center today. We can show you how Invisalign treatment can benefit you.
We are located on Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Our extended hours allow us to work with patients who are unable to take time off work. We offer a variety of dental services including general, cosmetic, and restorative procedures, for the entire family.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. Millions of patients have undergone treatment since it was introduced. Still, many patients have questions. Below are some of the most common ones that we get. If your questions and/or concerns have not been answered, we’ll be happy to address them at any time.
For most mild to moderate misalignments, Invisalign takes 12 to 18 months. However, if you have a very mild misalignment, your treatment may only take 6 months, and if you have a complex misalignment, you may need up to 24 months.
Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit snugly against the teeth. This puts even pressure across the entire arch, gradually pushing the teeth into their appropriate position in the jaw. Each aligner moves the teeth about 0.33 mm.
Invisalign puts pressure on the teeth, causing them to move in the jawbone. Therefore, you can expect some mild discomfort- especially when you are just starting out or when you switch to a new set of aligners. However, the aligners are smooth and do not require wires and brackets, which means there’s no risk of mouth cuts and sores associated with treatment.
Yes, according to research, Invisalign is effective for resolving most mild to moderate overbites, as well as other malocclusions including gaps, crooked teeth, open bite, crossbite, and underbite. In some cases, it can also fix more complex conditions when used in conjunction with Invisalign attachments.
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