10 Dec 2015
Some patients who want to improve the aesthetics of their smiles with orthodontic treatment may need to correct problems with the alignment of the jaws in addition to repositioning the teeth. Fortunately, Invisalign can address a variety of malocclusions (“bad bites”), including underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Invisalign can also correct issues like gaps in the teeth or crowded teeth.
Your dentist will thoroughly evaluate your case, including any problems with your bite, before recommending Invisalign treatment.
Many patients prefer Invisalign over traditional orthodontic treatment because the former is so much more convenient and comfortable. By using a series of removable plastic trays to move the teeth and correct the bite, if necessary, Invisalign gives patients more control over the process. Patients can take out the trays to eat and perform their oral hygiene regimen, so this method will have minimal, if any, interference with your day-to-day routine or your eating habits.
Additionally, the Invisalign trays tend to be more comfortable than conventional orthodontic appliances. Lacking sharp-edged brackets and wires that can poke at your cheeks, Invisalign eliminates the risk of soft tissue injuries during your treatment.
In order to get the desired results from your Invisalign treatment, though, you must follow the instructions provided by your dentist. Be sure to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time each day – usually between 20 and 22 hours. Swap out the trays according to the schedule assigned to you, as the trays are specially designed to work in a sequence.
For taking on this increased responsibility, you are rewarded with less time in the dental office. You’re essentially making the adjustments yourself, so you won’t need to come in as often for appointments to swap out wires, etc. Of course, your provider will continue to monitor your progress, so you’ll need to come in periodically for that.
Invisalign can improve the smiles of patients with a wide variety of malocclusions. If you are interested in this treatment option, schedule a consultation at our office, serving Corinth, TX and surrounding areas, to learn if it might meet your needs.