Are your teeth overlapping or tilted? If your teeth are overcrowded, it’s easy to feel insecure about your appearance. In fact, you might even hide your mouth with smiling, talking, or even taking a picture. Unfortunately, your self-esteem isn’t the only thing to suffer the consequences of crowded teeth. Your oral health can also decline. Thankfully, you can give your teeth the space they need to stay healthy while also giving your confidence a boost using Invisalign. You don’t need to worry about any brackets or wires drawing added attention to your teeth. Instead, you’ll achieve your dream smile using clear aligners.
Crowded teeth are common for people who have a narrower than average jaw or large teeth. Not only can this cause an unattractive smile, but also issues with your dental health. Misaligned teeth are difficult to keep clean because there are many hard to reach areas where food particles, bacteria, and plaque can linger, even with the best brushing and flossing techniques. As a result, this increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Believe it or not, you also have a heightened risk of dental emergencies, especially if you experience a blow to the face. Any protruding or rotated teeth can take the force of the impact, increasing your risk of a broken, dislodged, or knocked out tooth.
Alignment issues can also affect your bite, making it difficult to perform simple oral functions, like biting and chewing. It’s not uncommon to develop jaw pain from the uneven pressure on your temporomandibular joint, which is located on either side of your face.
You don’t need to live with the complications of crowded teeth. We can straighten your smile using a nearly invisible solution.
Invisalign works by applying continual pressure to the teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners. They are worn over the teeth for about 22 hours per day, gently moving them into their ideal positions. After about 1 week, you’ll switch to the next aligner in the series. Although everyone’s plan differs, most patients are finished with their series in 12-18 months. Afterward, you’ll require a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions.
Invisalign is a preferred solution among adults because it’s nearly invisible, allowing you to smile confidently during your treatment. Since the aligners are removable, you also won’t need to worry about any dietary restrictions. Your oral hygiene routine will remain virtually unchanged because there aren’t any brackets or wires to clean around. Instead, you’ll just need to spend a few extra minutes cleaning your aligners.
You’ll also enjoy less time in the dental chair because you won’t need any appointments for adjustments. You’ll still need to come into the office every few weeks, so we can monitor the progression of your treatment.
If you’re ready to correct your crowded teeth, we can help create a beautiful smile. Contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.