Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that gives you a straight, perfect smile without using traditional metal braces. This approach can correct a wide range of problems, from minor misalignment to serious bite problems. Our skilled dental team can determine if it is a good choice for your specific issues.
How Invisalign Works
Traditional braces use metal brackets that are affixed to the teeth to anchor rubber bands that apply pressure to pull the teeth into the proper position. By contrast, Invisalign uses plastic aligner trays to achieve the same goal. Each tray is shaped to move the teeth a small amount, and by the time you reach the last tray in the sequence, your teeth will be properly aligned.
These aligner trays are custom-made to fit your teeth exactly, and to move your teeth into exactly the right position. Each tray is worn for about two weeks. After the first two or three trays, you will be able to see a difference in the way your teeth look. When you have finished treatment, you’ll wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving out of position over time.
Our team can help you determine if Invisalign is the best choice for your misaligned bite. Invisalign is usually recommended for less serious misalignment issues, while more serious bite problems are better managed with traditional braces. However, this is only a generalized guideline.
Invisalign could be a good choice for you if you have issues such as:
- Overbite—when the front teeth protrude too far over the bottom teeth
- Underbite—when the bottom teeth protrude too far over the top teeth
- Crossbite—often looks much like an overbite on one side and an underbite on the other
Many people find plastic alignment trays more comfortable and easier to wear than traditional braces. They are also virtually invisible, so many adults prefer this option.
For more information, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan and schedule your professional consultation today.