When you think about orthodontics, chances are you conjure up a picture of a lengthy processes involving braces, headgear and other tiresome appliances. While it’s reasonable to be concerned about the time, cost, and pain associated with orthodontics, it’s time to take your oral health seriously and straighten your crooked, misaligned teeth.
The best news? We’ve come a long way from the metal mouth you are thinking about. Today, you have so many more options. With Invisalign, it’s likely some people won’t even notice you are wearing “braces”.
Aesthetics aside, crooked or misaligned teeth have an impact on the health of your mouth. The problems they can cause range from sleep apnea to neck and back pain to migraine headaches. Westminster dentist Dr. Gary Imm trained to help you decide if braces are the best treatment for you and, more so, what option is best for your problem.
Dr. Imm will begin with an initial treatment plan before he creates the invisalign® trays. Next, he’ll take three-dimensional digital images of your jaw. With these images, Westminster dentist Dr. Imm can virtually move teeth, see your saw from various angles and project what your face might look like in years to come. Essentially, this technology will predict how Invisalign® will change your teeth and the aesthetics of your face.
Once the planning is complete, the aligners are made. 20 – 29 sets of aligners per arch is typical, but the actual amount will depend on your specific case.
One of the first concerns that come up when people are considering braces is how it’s going to impact their appearance. Especially as a teen or adult, the idea of living with unattractive metal braces for month after month, can be something worth avoiding. With its almost invisible aligning system, Invisalign® can straighten your teeth fast without the metal.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of custom-fitting aligning trays. Every few weeks, Invisalign® dentist Dr. Gary Imm, will change the trays to take you teeth to the next stage of straightness. Since the aligning trays can be temporarily removed, you can choose to take them out for important occasions.
When there isn’t enough space in your mouth for your teeth to grow into, it can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
Large gaps between teeth
If you are missing teeth, or if your jaw has grown abnormally, you can end up with gaps that are difficult to clean or can cause your other teeth to become misaligned.
A cross bite occurs when one or more of your upper teeth bite down to the inside of your lower teeth. Uneven wear that can lead to bone erosion and gum disease are the consequence of leaving this problem uncorrected .
An overbite occurs when your lower teeth significantly overlap your upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can be the result.
An underbite is the opposite of an overbite; your lower teeth overlap, or completely cover, your upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can be the result.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can straighten your teeth quickly and without any noticeable or awkward gear.
More comfortable than metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t require any tightening and unlike the chunky, clumsy braces of yesterday, you are able to remove them so they don’t interfere with eating, brushing and flossing. In approximately one year, all you’re left with is a beautiful, radiant smile.