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Is Invisalign a treatment alternative for malocclusions?

Invisalign Cypress TXInvisalign is a convenient and comfortable option for correcting a patient’s smile, and in certain cases, the system can be appropriate to address malocclusions (misaligned jaws), as well as crooked or otherwise incorrectly positioned teeth.

While the earliest iterations of Invisalign were limited to rather straightforward cases, the system has been improved since the years it was introduced. Now, even patients with rather complex cases can benefit from this treatment option. Your first step to see if it will work for you is to be evaluated by your dentist.

If you are eligible for treatment with Invisalign, your dentist will examine your teeth and jaws to collect information needed for the treatment plan. This may involve taking x-rays or dental impressions, and that data will be used to design the clear plastic trays that will reposition your teeth and jaws in the same way that conventional orthodontic appliances do.

Patients who choose Invisalign appreciate the convenience in comparison to traditional orthodontic treatment. The trays can be removed at mealtime, so there’s no need to restrict your diet (other than limiting sugar, which is just a good general practice for your oral health). You can also take out the trays when it’s time to brush and floss, so you won’t have to navigate around brackets and wires with your dental floss or tooth brush.

In return for that convenience, patients must be conscientious about wearing the trays as directed in order for the treatment plan to work. You will need to wear the trays about 22 hours each day and switch to a new tray according to the schedule given to you.

In more complex situations, jaw surgery may be needed to eliminate a malocclusion to achieve the patient’s smile goals. You may still be able to use Invisalign to straighten the teeth, however, and your dentist will collaborate with an oral surgeon on your overall treatment plan.

If you need to address a malocclusion, Invisalign may be a treatment option for you. Make arrangements to visit the office of Dr. Lori Logan for a consultation.

Enjoy a Healthier Smile with These Teeth Cleaning Tips

teeth cleaning Cypress TXKeeping your teeth as clean as possible will go a long way toward maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are a few teeth cleaning tips that can help you stay on track.

  • Have your teeth cleaned by a professional dental hygienist at least every six months. You should be seeing your dentist no less often than twice each year. In addition to the important exams that take place at these appointments, the hygienist will also provide a thorough teeth cleaning to remove any lingering plaque or tartar accumulation in the parts of your smile that you may not be able to reach easily with a toothbrush on your own. If you put off these professional cleanings, you may be more susceptible to oral diseases like decay and gum disease.
  • Semiannual teeth cleaning alone is not enough to keep your smile as healthy as possible. You must also brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes each time, along with flossing daily, to keep your smile in good shape between visits to the dentist.
  • Be sure that you’re using proper technique in your home oral hygiene routine. You can brush and floss according to a recommended schedule, but if you’re using poor technique, your smile isn’t benefitting as much as it could. In some cases – as with overly aggressive brushing – you may actually be harming your teeth. Check in with your dentist to see if you are brushing properly to disrupt plaque and tartar accumulation as much as possible.
  • Use tools that are in good condition to clean your teeth. A worn, fraying toothbrush isn’t going to be very effective at clearing away plaque. Pay attention to the condition of your toothbrush, and take care to switch it out every 3-4 months. Make sure that the bristles aren’t too hard either, as that can also damage your teeth.

 

Would you like more input on your oral hygiene and professional dental care routines for reassurance that you’re doing everything possible to keep your smile healthy? Speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members about this topic and ask any questions that you may have.