When your mouth is closed, the position of your upper and lower sets of teeth is very important. If your teeth do not fit together properly during oral function, you can develop unnecessary tooth wear and other problematic conditions such as TMJ disorder.
When administering treatment, an orthodontist does more than evaluate the positions of teeth for cosmetic concerns. In fact, orthodontic treatment can improve and correct malocclusions as well. Common types of misaligned bites (occlusions) are underbites, overbites, and open bites. Some of these problems are fixable with orthodontic treatment such as braces and Invisalign. Our practice offers Invisalign to help patients achieve a straighter, healthier smile in a very discreet manner. Following is some helpful information about this treatment option.
How does Invisalign work?
At a glance, Invisalign looks very different from traditional braces. Invisalign utilizes clear, retainer-like appliances to straighten teeth whereas traditional braces are a system of metal wires and brackets. While Invisalign looks very different, this treatment option moves teeth to healthier positions similarly to braces by applying consistent pressure to teeth to facilitate movement. Essentially, a patient will wear a custom fitted set of aligners for two weeks and aligners will be exchanged for tighter sets in two-week intervals. Since tighter aligners are worn in succession, patients will see results over time just like they would wearing braces.
Can Invisalign help with malocclusions?
If the reason for a patient’s malocclusion is misaligned teeth, then orthodontic treatment including Invisalign can help improve one’s bite. Properly aligned teeth are more likely to fit together when the mouth is closed or when patients are eating food.
What are the benefits of clear braces?
Since Invisalign is made from clear plastic, it is a comfortable and very inconspicuous alternative to traditional orthodontia. Made from soft materials, Invisalign will not irritate or cut into soft oral tissues. Moreover, Invisalign is removable. Patients will take out their aligners for meals and when brushing or flossing.
To learn more about improving your smile and occlusion, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our skilled team of orthodontists. Call Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 today to reserve an appointment.