Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can be used to treat misalignment and malocclusion. It is often used by adults instead of traditional braces because the plastic trays are more comfortable and less visible than metal braces and rubber bands.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, which are custom made to fit your teeth and move them a small distance. Each tray is slightly different from the next one, creating a sequence that shifts your teeth into the proper position. You wear each tray for about two weeks, then change to the next tray in the sequence. When your treatment is complete, you’ll wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving out of their proper place.
Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces, including:
- Increased comfort
- Ability to track the progress of your treatment
- Ability to remove the trays for short periods of time
You should wear the trays for at least 22 hours every day for the best possible results. You should take them out for daily cleaning, and also if you drink very hot beverages. The heat can cause the trays to warp, which will adversely affect your treatment.
What Types of Alignment Problems can Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of alignment issues, including overbite, underbite, and crossbite. It also works to correct crowding or gaps between the teeth. Your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist can determine if Invisalign will work well for you, or if traditional braces will provide you with a better result. In some cases, your orthodontist might recommend using orthodontic appliances in conjunction with Invisalign.
If you have misaligned teeth, it’s important to have them treated. Misalignment can cause long-term problems like increased wear and tear, habitual teeth grinding and clenching, and temporomandibular joint disorder. Eventually, you could experience persistent headaches, earaches, discomfort in the jaw, extreme wear on your teeth, or even tooth loss.
If you’ve been recommended treatment for malocclusion, ask if Invisalign is a good option for you by calling our office at Newton Dental Group!