Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects improperly positioned teeth and jaws. In other words, orthodontists help straighten protruding, crooked, or crowded teeth, teeth spaced too far apart, or excessive underbites or overbites.
Orthodontists have the knowledge and tools to treat all of the above issues and also have patience, as these alignment issues take time to address. Below are some examples of various orthodontic appliances that our office might recommend that you or your child wear while in orthodontic treatment. Continue reading
Invisalign braces are not just to enhance the aesthetic value of one’s smile. Yes, the primary goal of straightening your teeth is to improve their look, but besides aesthetics there are added health benefits to having straight teeth. Here, are a few reasons, outside of the obvious aesthetic benefits, that Invisalign braces can help you.
Periodontal Health: Misaligned and overcrowded teeth can result in red, swollen and irritated gums. These symptoms are the result of periodontal disease. Invisalign can help to straighten and evenly space teeth to allow for enhanced gum health. Continue reading
Over the past several years Invisalign clear aligners have become increasingly popular. Invisalign aligners are easier to clean, removable and hardly anyone knows your are wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they may not be for everyone. Below are some of the instances where Invisalign aligners are not the answer.
Teeth Require Significant Amount Of Movement
Fixed appliances such as traditional metal braces deliver much more significant tooth movement. So if your case is a drastic one, which requires molars to be moved, clear aligners may not be the best choice. Molars have much stronger roots than your other teeth and can be moved with traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are great for moving front teeth. Traditional braces are the best choice in this instance, especially if you have a substantial underbite or overbite that needs to be addressed. Continue reading
For many teenagers, the prospect of orthodontic treatment can be very concerning because of the fact that traditional metal braces will have such a prominent effect on their appearance. Invisalign allows patients to straighten teeth discreetly. Teenagers have many reasons to love the clear straightening system. Here are a few of the reasons Invisalign is so popular amongst teenagers.
Teenagers are often acutely aware of their appearance. Reducing the likelihood of food becoming trapped in wire braces is a huge plus for teenagers in social situations. Invisalign is discreet and can be removed during eating to ensure that no food particles are trapped and cause embarrassment. If your teen has a special event, you cannot beat the removability of Invisalign for maximum social enjoyment. Continue reading
If you have crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, or poor dental alignment, Invisalign treatment may be a viable cosmetic solution for you. But what is it like to live with Invisalign aligners day to day? Caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign goes beyond just waiting for your teeth to get straighter. It involves cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly to prevent tooth decay. That way, your smile will be more beautiful than ever when you are done with your Invisalign treatment.
Take Your Trays Out
The first difference you may notice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign aligners are invisible, but there is another important distinction as well. Invisalign braces are removable. You can take the trays out, and you should. Remove the trays while you are eating so you do not get food stuck in them. Also, remove them while you are cleaning your teeth so that you can have full access to all the nooks and crannies in your mouth. Continue reading
Crooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss.
Wearing teeth braces is a way to properly align the teeth. However, conventional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable and can be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them. Invisalign clear braces are a great alternative. Here are three reasons why one might wish to choose Invisalign over conventional metal braces: Continue reading
Invisalign is one of the best ways to straighten your teeth and correct problems with your bite. Invisalign is the next generation of orthodontic treatment, perfect for many patients with gapped teeth, crooked teeth, or misaligned teeth. Here are some of the most common questions about Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
Each aligner puts a small pressure on many teeth simultaneously, and they move in response to the pressure. The distance of movement is only what is biologically possible in a two week period. Continue reading
There are a number of reasons why patients prefer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. The clear aligners allow patients to undergo treatment without anyone noticing their presence. They are also removable, providing patients with a means to easy oral hygiene and an unobstructed dietary regimen.
Invisalign uses powerful technology, including computer modeling and computer-assisted manufacturing, to gradually and precisely align your teeth. However, as with all orthodontic treatment, the patient plays a key role in the process. Your level of commitment to your treatment can affect the quality and timeliness of your results. As convenient as Invisalign may be, we still advise patients to adhere to a few simple suggestions that can facilitate care and provide optimal treatment results. Continue reading
There are many remedies for an unattractive smile, but none have such a revolutionary effect as Invisalign. As a modern replacement to braces, it has changed patients smiles and their lives for the better.
What Bite Issues Can Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces without bulky metal wires and brackets. These are some orthodontic problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign:
• Large gaps between teeth Continue reading
Swollen, red, and tender gums are commonly experienced by most people who are in the midst of orthodontic treatment. The gums are more likely to swell during orthodontics and controlling the problem can present a bit of a challenge for even the most diligent dental patient. For some patients, the condition is limited to a mild case of gingivitis which will go away when the braces are removed. For other patients, the gums can become permanently overgrown due to years of chronic inflammation. No matter the degree of swelling, it is important to address the issue early on.
What Causes Swollen Gums?
Ceramic or metal brackets cemented to your teeth and threaded with wires make thorough toothbrushing a bit more challenging than it used to be. However, cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria is still as important as it has always been, because bacterial plaque can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease, the first stages of which are red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Continue reading