Traditional braces are an excellent way to fix orthodontic issues, but they may not be the best fashion statement. Many who are in need of braces are instead opting for a more low key look and are going with Invisalign braces. University Dental in San Diego specializes in Invisalign, presenting this option to our patients in need of orthodontic treatment.
“Slow motion is better than no motion” is a phrase that certainly applies to Invisalign. Invisalign works slowly and gradually over time, exerting a small amount of force to gradually straighten your teeth. While you may not feel like your teeth are being pushed by Invisalign, the clear aligners are slowly pushing your teeth into their ideal position over time with minimal discomfort.
The first step in planning your Invisalign treatment is visiting an orthodontist for an exam. Once it is determined the exact issue or condition that plagues your teeth, Invisalign treatment can begin. First, your dentist will scan your teeth to create an accurate 3D model of your teeth. Once the model is made, the dentist can plan the needed shifts in your teeth in order to get the desired results. Once all the plans are made, a customized Invisalign aligner will be produced so that you can start getting perfectly aligned teeth. Then, all you need to do is wear your Invisalign braces and start seeing amazing results.
Invisalign is a great metal braces alternative for individuals with a variety of different conditions and orthodontic issues. While Invisalign cannot treat all orthodontic issues, below are some of the most common conditions that Invisalign can correct:
Some patients have teeth that are too close to one another, resulting in crowded teeth. It could be that your jaw is too small or your teeth are too big, but regardless of the root of the issues, Invisalign can address it. Invisalign can fix crooked or crowded teeth, although in some cases your dentist may have to remove a few teeth in order to create room for your newly straightened teeth.
A crossbite is when one tooth is out of place, causing it to bite down against the inside of the opposing tooth. A crossbite may seem relatively minor, but over time it can lead to bone loss and your teeth wearing down, making it essential to get a crossbite treated as soon as possible.
If your teeth do not touch the teeth on the opposite jaw, you may have an open bite. Open bites can lead to numerous issues over time, including TMJ pain and the inability to speak clearly. To avoid developing these side effects, it is advised to visit an orthodontist for open bite treatment.
In some cases, underbites and overbites can be addressed by Invisalign. However, if a patient has a severe underbite or overbite, your dentist may advise a different treatment method.
Invisalign works by slowly pushing your teeth into the desired position, with aligners guiding the teeth into their proper place. Every two weeks, the aligners will be adjusted to make sure your teeth remain on the correct trajectory. For best results, Invisalign needs to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day for around one year.
Deciding behind Invisalign and metal braces can be a tough decision as both options have advantages and disadvantages. Invisalign braces have a number of benefits over classic braces, and you can find them below.
The most obvious advantage is the aesthetic advantage. With Invisalign, you have braces that are hardly detectable, so you do not have to worry about the unflattering appearance of braces. This can lead to a confidence boost, which is essential for a young child, preteen or teenager.
Since Invisalign is removable, you can simply take the braces out when you are eating. No more trying to dig a rogue piece of food out of your braces, as they won’t even be in your mouth. If your Invisalign braces do happen to get some food caught in them, cleaning is made easy because you can simply remove the braces and run them under water.
Most patients only need Invisalign for a year or less, which is a shorter duration than with metal braces. However, this is a bit of a chicken or egg scenario, since Invisalign is only used for more minor issues, while metal braces tackle the tough stuff.
Make braces simple with Invisalign invisible braces. While Invisalign is unable to treat every orthodontic issue, they are a great solution for minor problems. If you are interested in finding out if Invisalign is for you or are in need of an orthodontic examination, contact University Dental today by giving us a call at (619) 582-4224.
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