If you’re looking for a bright, beautiful smile, one of the easiest ways to achieve it is with Invisalign from your dentist serving Thornton Colorado. Invisalign is perfect for adults and teens who don’t want to bother with the aesthetics of traditional metal braces. Instead, these clear alignment trays are nearly invisible, so you can correct your smile without having anyone know.
The Invisalign alignment system consists of a series of specially crafted clear trays that are custom fitted to your mouth. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and devise a treatment plan to achieve your specific teeth straightening goals. Depending on your treatment plan, your dentist will change the alignment trays every few weeks to accommodate your new tooth and mouth configuration.
The Invisalign system can correct many orthodontic conditions such as:
- Tooth overcrowding – when you have too many teeth or too little space for them to align properly, your teeth will become overcrowded.
- Tooth gaps – if you have missing teeth or misaligned teeth, you can have large gaps in your smile.
- Overbite – if your upper teeth project too far over your lower teeth, then you have an overbite. This can cause chewing and jaw problems if not corrected.
- Underbite – if your lower teeth project too far over your upper teeth, then you have an underbite. This can also lead to chewing and jaw problems.
- Crossbite – this is when one or more of your upper teeth fall inside your lower teeth when biting down.
One of the biggest considerations with wearing Invisalign trays is that they are not permanent like traditional metal braces. It takes a while to get used to consistently wearing them all day, every day and night. In order to achieve the desired results of straighter teeth, you must be disciplined in using the alignment system as directed by your dentist.
Invisalign can conveniently give you a healthy, bright smile. Call Alpine Dental Center at 303-428-6367 today to learn how you can benefit from the Invisalign system.
Before we discuss the specifics of Invisalign treatment, one must first understand what it is and how it works. This breakthrough in orthodontics has been used to successfully treat malocclusions. It works like braces by slowly moving your teeth into the best possible alignment, minus the metal and wires.
The process starts with your dentist taking an impression of your teeth. The cast is then put through the Invisalign 3D computer imaging system which creates a number of trays for you to wear. The first one will fit your current dentition perfectly. The succession of trays will gently move your teeth into proper alignment. Each series is to be worn 24 hours a day for about two weeks. They can be removed during meals, of course.
This treatment has been known to fix different types of cases. Those with large spaces ( 1 to 5 mm) due to heredity or missing teeth have noticed a significant closure. People with overly crowded dentition ( 1 to 5 mm) have also responded well. Individuals who have had braces but did not wear their retainers religiously can also benefit from wearing Invisalign trays. Those with crossbites have noticed a drastic change as well.
Patients who have overbites can definitely benefit from Invisalign retainers. If the lower teeth are supra-erupted, the aligner can slowly guide them back into the proper position. This is a common problem and easily resolved. If the upper teeth are too extruded and the jaws do not exhibit macrognathia nor micrognathia, the anterior dentition can be pushed back at a steady pace. Lastly, the front teeth of the mandible might be leaning in, that may have resulted into an overbite. By use of this treatment, they can be pushed outward, correcting the overbite.
Patients with jaw or bone irregularities that result into malocclusion might need to seek the help of an oral surgeon to resolve their problems. Orthodontic treatments work, but they have their limits. After appropriate surgical techniques are done, the orthodontist may be able to fix the faulty occlusion by use of Invisalign trays.
To learn more about Invisalign treatment in Thornton Colorado, please contact the office of Dr. Alan Gurman at 303-428-6367 to schedule a consultation.
The phrase orthodontic treatment generally conjures up thoughts of metal brackets and bands and years of enduring wires and rubber bands along with a mouthful of metal. But a visit to your dentist to discuss your options with Invisalign in Thornton CO will certainly change that image.
Invisalign offers a procedure that can transform teeth misalignment due to:
- Over bite
- Under bite
- Cross bite
- Lack of jaw space
- Spaces between teeth
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is a series of soft plastic aligners that are prescribed by your dentist to correct your exact dental problems. With the first aligner, the soft plastic is starting to gently shift your teeth to their new correct position.
Every two weeks or so, your dentist provides you with the next aligner in the series to continue to reshape the structure of your teeth. Over time, the aligners do their job to shift your teeth to correct your bite.
Advantages to Invisalign aligners over the traditional metal brackets and bands:
- The aligners are made of a soft, clear plastic so they are practically undetectable making them very aesthetically pleasing.
- Since the aligners are removable, you are able to eat as you normally would.
- You are better able to brush and floss to help maintain your dental health while straightening your teeth. With traditional braces, this is not possible.
It is advisable to wear your aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours per day to maximize their benefit.
In addition, with Invisalign’s clear aligners, many adults who thought straightening their teeth was not practical find that they are able to obtain that smile makeover without undergoing the discomfort and embarrassment of metal bands and brackets once associated with teeth straightening.
As with all dental procedures, the time needed to make your desired corrections will be based on your specific case. But most adults can expect treatment to be completed in one year. Young adults and teenagers can expect their treatment to take approximately the same length of time as traditional metal braces.
Visit our dentistry team at Alpine Dental Center for answers to your questions about transforming your smile with Invisalign clear aligners.