Dental Conditions Invisalign Treats
Replace Traditional Braces with Invisalign Clear Aligners!
Many children, teenagers, and even adults know the pain and suffering of living with braces. Traditionally, these medical brackets were the go-to option for straightening teeth to improve smiles and the health of the teeth for the future. Though these metal brackets are extremely popular, they are also very uncomfortable and need to be worn for an extended period of time before being removed. What if there was a better option, a less noticeable and removable one that does the same thing as traditional metal brackets? Well, there is, and it is called Invisalign!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a new and exciting type of orthodontic treatment for all ages that can be used to achieve a more healthy and beautiful smile. It is utilized to treat patients who have a mild to moderate misalignment in their teeth. Invisalign trays are clear plastic aligner trays that move the teeth into proper alignment, are virtually invisible, and can be removed at any time. Though the trays need to be worn for at least 20 hours a day, unlike brackets, they can be removed for flossing, brushing, eating, playing sports, etc. With Invisalign, patients can say goodbye to uncomfortable metal brackets and wires and choose a less complicated option!
Orthodontic Problems That Invisalign Can Fix
Invisalign Corrects Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned teeth disrupt the virtue of a beautiful smile and can create difficulty in many everyday activities such as eating and chewing. Misaligned teeth mainly occur in childhood due to different reasons such as genetics and thumb-sucking habits. It can also occur in kids when their jaw is way too small compared to the size of their teeth. Invisalign treatment is able to attend to misaligned teeth as it is specifically designed to treat these specific types of dental problems.
The clear brace puts pressure on the teeth, which are ejected on the outer side of the jaw, and fixes them by forcing them in the right place on the jawline. Usually, to treat misaligned teeth, Invisalign takes about 6-12 months to do its magic. However, it depends on the condition of the misaligned teeth and how well the patient follows their treatment routine.
Crooked and Crowded Teeth
Crowded and crooked teeth are different problems but yet are very similar. They ruin the beauty of your teeth as well as turning your engaging smile into something that you want to hide. These are not very serious dental problems, but they do have a large impact on physical appearance, which can lead to mental problems and lowered self-esteem. This then will result in feeling embarrassed in front of loved ones, friends, and colleagues, resulting in more problems down the road.
Invisalign is able to treat both crowded and crooked teeth in adults, teens, and children. For adults, Invisalign usually takes more than one year, while in children and teens, it can take less than 6 months to fix. But, these are just rough numbers as it depends solely on the patient. Not one patient is the same and requires different treatment plans, so make sure to always listen to your dentist’s advice!
Treat Overbite and Underbite Dental Conditions with Invisalign
Overbite is a common dental condition that results in the upper front teeth overlapping your lower front teeth. A small overlap of upper front teeth is normal, but when it gets too big, it will create difficulties, especially when you get older. It can also produce mild to intense amounts of pain in your jaw.
An underbite is the opposite of an overbite. Instead, the lower front teeth overlap the upper front teeth creating difficulties while speaking, eating, and chewing. Underbites can also cause quite a bit of pain in the jaw.
For these two common conditions, Invisalign is the ideal treatment. It can permanently treat these bite problems within a few months of wearing them.
Crossbite and Open Bite
Crossbite is a dental condition where the upper teeth and lower teeth do not come together properly when the mouth is closed. This issue will make your teeth wear down and lead to painful gum problems alongside a decrease in tooth enamel. Open Bite is similar, but instead of the upper and lower teeth not meeting properly, they do not meet at all. When left untreated, this will lead to problems while chewing and eating food. Invisalign will push back the teeth and allow them to come together in the way that they should be.
Orthodontic Problems That Invisalign Can’t Fix
Invisalign is one of the most advanced dental technologies that are available for patients in the United States. Though it can treat most orthodontic problems, it cannot treat all of them due to its structure and limitations. Some examples of conditions that Invisalign cannot treat include:
- Rotating crooked teeth severely to straighten them out. This requires a specialized tool.
- Filling in large gaps between teeth. Though Invisalign can indeed fill in smaller gaps, if the space between the teeth is too wide, Invisalign will not be the right treatment for you.
- Invisalign cannot lower or raise the position of the teeth in the jawline.
If you are curious about Invisalign and all of the incredible benefits that it boasts, you can always trust the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center to assess your situation and recommend whether or not Invisalign is right for you!
Are You Thinking About Invisalign? Learn About the Advantages
- You can take your aligners out any time you eat or drink. This means no frustrating food restrictions that you would have if you were to choose traditional metal braces.
- Invisalign is virtually invisible, making it the perfect choice for a more aesthetically pleasing option. By choosing Invisalign, you will not have to suffer from anything taking away from your gorgeous smile.
- Brushing and flossing can be difficult with traditional braces, but removable aligners make good dental hygiene a much easier process, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
- You can remove your Invisalign aligners temporarily for photos, sporting events, or any other special occasion.
Contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center
Beautiful Smiles Dental Center is a proud certified provider of Invisalign. Our number one priority is to give the healthiest, most beautiful and straight smiles that we can. When you are in the Chicagoland area are interested in exploring all of the options when it comes to your teeth, choose us to learn more about the advantages of Invisalign and how it will make a difference in your life today. Get in touch with us today and book your consultation! Your journey to healthier and happier teeth starts at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Gurnee!