Who Can Benefit From Invisalign Braces?
Are you tired of living with crooked teeth? If you weren’t lucky enough to get braces when you were a child you might now be smiling through closed lips or otherwise feeling self conscious about your teeth, and people do notice!
Not every adult has the luxury of being able to deal with braces for two years, and those that do still don’t want to do it. If you’ve been considering adult orthodontics you’ve probably looked into Invisalign, but are you wondering if it would work for you?
There are a surprising number of alignment issues that can be fixed with Invisalign, and we’re proud to be able to treat them at Millburn Dental Arts. Read on to find out if you would be a good candidate for Invisalign!
Gapped teeth are probably the thing that everyone thinks of first when they hear “Invisalign.” Gapped teeth are easy to fix using invisible aligners, and you can see results in record time using this treatment option.
Gaps between your teeth are important to fix because they pose an increased risk of gum disease. When too much gum tissue is exposed you can quickly end up with inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession. Those symptoms of gum disease can eventually lead to loosening teeth and even complete tooth loss – just one more non-cosmetic reason to straighten that smile!
Feeling A Little Crowded?
Crowded teeth are the exact opposite of gapped ones, but they pose many of the same problems if they aren’t treated. Thankfully Invisalign can straighten out crowded teeth in a jiffy.
When teeth are crowded it’s hard to keep them clean because it’s simply impossible to reach certain parts with a brush and floss. Plaque bacteria, which causes tooth decay when it metabolizes sugar into acid, will always find a place to hide in your mouth, and all those extra spaces created by crowding are an open invitation to trouble.
Coming In Over Or Under?
Overbites and underbites are, respectively, when the top teeth stick out over the bottoms or the bottoms over the top. A lot of people assume that full-fledged braces are needed to correct this condition, but they aren’t – Invisalign can treat over and underbites too!
Even when your teeth grow naturally with an over or underbite you’re still at risk for jaw alignment problems. Your body expects your teeth to fit together in a certain way, and if their alignment is off your jaw could be resting in an unnatural position. Over time this can lead to pain in your jaw joint, irregular teeth wear, headaches, and even tooth loss.
Is Your Smile A Bit Too Open?
An open bite is the condition when your back teeth align normally but your front teeth simply don’t meet. These are often caused by thumb sucking as a child or simply abnormal jaw formation, but the bottom line is that the problem needs to be corrected, and Invisalign can do it.
Depending on the severity of your open bite you could end up with jaw pain and other joint problems. Like an over/underbite, an open bite can cause your jaw to rest abnormally when your mouth is closed. Open bites are also known to cause speech impediments, and those impediments could be gone if you choose Invisalign!
You Look A Bit Cross
Crossbites involve misalignment of both the bottom and top arches of teeth. It’s as if the jaw is shifted to the side, causing some of the teeth to bite on the inside of others. This is another condition that may seem to require traditional braces, but which in fact doesn’t need them – Invisalign can fix it!
Because a crossbite causes teeth to bite down on the inside of others it can cause serious problems if left untreated. Crossbites regularly result in gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss from the constant pressure placed on your teeth. Don’t let it happen when it can be fixed so easily!
Do Any Of These Cases Sound Familiar?
If you think you might fall into one of these categories you don’t need to keep living with crooked teeth! We can fix your alignment issues in less time than ever using Invisalign. The average treatment only takes 12 to 18 months, and it’s undetectable the whole time.