A malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower teeth are not aligned properly, creating an abnormal or incorrect bite. Invisalign is a teeth straightening method that is effective in correcting many different bite issues, which makes Invisalign a very viable option to treat a malocclusion.
A malocclusion is usually not a condition that causes discomfort. Many patients may not even be aware of a problem with their bite until their dentist diagnoses it or teeth become obviously crooked or out of position.
Invisalign employs a series of clear, soft plastic aligners that work to gently shift teeth to their correct position.
A malocclusion can occur for many reasons. Some are genetic and not preventable such as a lack of jaw space for the teeth to grow in correctly. Some are created such as those due to thumb sucking. But whatever the reason, Invisalign can be a very effective tool to treat a malocclusion.
Invisalign employs a series of clear, soft plastic aligners that work to gently shift teeth to their correct position. The orthodontist will take x-rays, photographs and dental impressions that will be used to create the aligners using 3-D digital technology. The aligners are updated every couple weeks to allow the teeth to adjust to their new position.
The advantages of Invisalign include:
- The aligners are clear making them ideal for a virtually undetectable method of teeth straightening.
- There are no wires to break or rub, causing abrasions on soft mouth tissue.
- The aligners are removed when eating so there are no diet restrictions.
- Excellent dental hygiene is easier to maintain because the aligners are removed for brushing and flossing.
It is important to wear Invisalign aligners at least twenty to twenty-two hours each day to attain the desired result in the prescribed time. For most adults, this can be six months to two years. Teens and young adults can expect to wear Invisalign for about the same time as traditional bands and brackets.
At the end of the straightening portion of treatment, the patient will be fitted with a retainer. Wearing a retainer is a critical step as teeth might have a tendency to drift back to where they started. Wearing a retainer will help keep them in place until new bone structure has formed to permanently keep your new bite in its correct position.
A consultation with our orthodontist will provide answers to questions about your malocclusion and the best treatment solutions available for you. Call Brush Country Dental & Specialty Center in Pleasanton TX at 830-281-2500 today!
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