Did you know that orthodontics has been practiced for centuries? Even hundreds of years ago, medical and dental professionals understood the importance of a straight, properly aligned smile. A crooked and crowded smile along with a misaligned occlusion such as an overbite can cause oral health problems. Patients with crooked teeth are more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease because crowded and crooked teeth are difficult to keep clean. Furthermore, malocclusions such as an overbite or underbite leads to unnecessary tooth wear and jaw dysfunction. Fortunately, however, the efficiency and effectiveness of orthodontics has improved over the centuries. For example, our dentist offers orthodontic treatment using the comfortable Invisalign system.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of orthodontic appliances that straighten teeth over time. Using sets of clear, retainer-like appliances, these aligners correct crooked, gapped, crowded, and overlapped teeth. At the end of treatment, Invisalign can also correct malocclusions like overbites if improperly aligned teeth cause the misaligned bite. [pullquote]Invisalign is a system of orthodontic appliances that straighten teeth over time.[/pullquote]
How can Invisalign improve my smile?
A patient will wear multiple sets of these aligners over the course of treatment. Each set of aligners is slightly tighter than the set worn before. This, like traditional metal and wire braces, creates gentle pressure that shifts teeth to healthier positions. Invisalign aligners are custom made for each patient and are made from soft, slightly pliable plastics that do not cut or irritate soft tissues in the mouth.
What are the additional benefits of using Invisalign?
Many patients prefer the Invisalign system to traditional braces because these clear aligners are inconspicuous and virtually undetectable to others. Aligners are also removable. This allows patients to easily clean their teeth and eat food without obstruction.
How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?
The only way to be sure if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our dentist. After an examination, our team can determine the best method to straighten your smile and align your bite.
Call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to schedule your appointment.