With numerous people dealing with misaligned bites and crooked and crowded teeth, orthodontics are in high demand nowadays. Straightening less than perfect teeth, at any age, is beneficial and can make a significant positive difference. Invisalign clear braces for adults and teens, available at our office, provides a popular treatment option that steadily repositions skewed teeth, enhancing smiles and helping teeth function their best.
To be sure, issues such as misaligned bites, overbites, under-bites, cross-bites, and other orthodontic issues are widespread and often go untreated. The gist of orthodontic issues is that the upper and lower jaw do not align correctly, forcing the mouth to make tiny, perhaps unnoticeable adjustments every time it raises and lowers. As time goes on, this puts a great deal of stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or the small joint located at the base of the ear and lower jaw. TMJ problems may also lead to bruxism or harmful teeth grinding while sleeping, an act that wears away tooth enamel and increases the risk of tooth decay.
Crowded teeth with tight spaces are also prone to progressive tooth decay and gum disease since it is harder to correctly brush and floss them. As expected, that means it is difficult to get rid of plaque and prevent tartar buildup. At the other end of the spectrum, gapped tapped teeth can make regular speaking harder.
We are pleased to offer Invisalign at our office. This is a subtle method that entails using clear plastic aligners designed to correspond with patients’ smiles by placing specified pressure on varied parts of the bite during the treatment process. Patients wear a series of Invisalign aligners for two weeks, with the average case lasting a full year. Keep in mind that this entire process depends on the severity of an individual’s misalignment. Following treatment, our dentists recommend a Vivera retainer, which is also clear and is similar to the aforementioned Invisalign treatment.