If you want a straighter smile, but either did not have braces as a child or were unable to continue orthodontic treatment for any reason, Invisalign clear braces may be the answer.
In the past, if you were an adult or mature teen with mild to moderate dental alignment or spacing concerns, metal braces were often the only method of correcting a significant malocclusion.
More Effective than Once Believed
When Invisalign first came on the scene, it was typically used for only mild cases of dental misalignment, since then Invisalign clear aligners have proven capable of correcting many moderate to complex orthodontic issues.
This advanced orthodontic appliance can treat alignment issues in a more aesthetically pleasing way because they are nearly invisible.
What Issues can Invisalign® correct?
Some of the problems Invisalign® aligners can correct are malocclusions which include:
Overcrowded & Misaligned Teeth – when there are too many teeth for either arch to support, or when some teeth are growing at an angle, pushing the adjacent teeth together.
Gaps in Teeth –teeth that aren’t spaced evenly may have bigger gaps between them than others, resulting in a non-uniform smile.
Crossbite – when the two rows of teeth don't meet correctly, uneven wear can lead to gum disease, worn down teeth, and bone erosion.
Overbite – when the upper teeth protrude further than the lower teeth or upper teeth are positioned in front of the lower teeth when the mouth is closed.
Underbite – the opposite of an overbite - the lower teeth protrude further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth.
How do Invisalign Clear Braces work?
Invisalign aligners offer a virtually undetectable alternative to metal braces. Straightening with Invisalign® clear braces entails wearing a series of custom-made trays that gradually correct the position of teeth. Each tray is replaced every two weeks with the next tray in the series.
You will be instructed to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, and they can be removed while eating and when you brush and floss your teeth.
Advantages of Invisalign Aligners vs. Traditional Braces
While traditional braces are not removable and entail visits to your orthodontist for adjustments, or to have them removed, Invisalign trays are premade with adjustments integrated into the system itself. This means less time at a dental office but does require more discipline from the patient.
While Invisalign aligners can often do the job of metal braces, and are excellent for mature teens and adults, they are not appropriate for children. This is because of the inability of young children to comply with the mandatory 22-hour requirement to wear the trays.
If you are seeking alternatives to traditional braces in Spokane and Invisalign clear braces sound like a treatment you’d like to know more about – call Dental Care of Spokane today!