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Are You a Good Invisalign Candidate?

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Crooked teeth can affect your smile and your confidence level, but there are ways your dentist can help you correct these cosmetic issues. When it comes to straightening mild to moderate tooth unevenness, there are a host of solutions available. For patients who prefer not to wear traditional braces, the Invisalign system is often preferred. Still, not all patients are considered ideal candidates.

Invisalign tooth straightening methods use transparent plastic aligners to smooth out crookedness or unevenness in a row of teeth. Approximately every two weeks, your dentist will replace your existing Invisalign tray with a new one, which will help to gradually shift your teeth into a new, more aesthetically pleasing position.

Who Can Benefit from Invisalign Treatment?

Ideally, prospective Invisalign users will have healthy gum tissue and teeth with mild misalignment issues. Severe crookedness is generally considered a sign that you’ll be a poor candidate for the system. Age is also a factor, as young teenagers’ mouths are still growing and developing. If you’re an adult or an older teenager, though, Invisalign may help to correct your uneven teeth.

Patients with underbites or overbites are not considered ideal candidates for Invisalign invisible braces, as the system will not correct these issues and patients aren’t likely to see much benefit over the course of treatment. These bite problems will require more specific orthodontic treatment.

While these general guidelines can help you to determine whether or not the Invisalign system is right for you, the only person who can make a true and accurate evaluation of their proposed effectiveness on an individual basis is your dentist. If you’re interested in straightening your crooked or uneven teeth with the help of the Invisalign system, make an appointment with your dentist today to set up an appointment for evaluation. You could be on your way to a more even, confident smile in no time!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Oct
9

Orthodontics Options

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Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that concentrates on improper bites and dental placement. Orthodontic treatment can help fix people’s teeth and set them in the right place permanently. Children who have lost all of their baby teeth and adults are candidates for orthodontic treatments.

In these modern times there are numerous methods orthodontists use to straighten teeth. The most common way to straighten teeth is with metal braces. Wires are inserted into brackets and are adjusted over time to achieve the maximum results for alignment. Metal braces take an average of two years for complete treatment. There are also “clear braces” that work in the same method but are often chosen over metal braces for their aesthetic qualities.

There are now options such as Invisalign that uses a series of clear trays to straighten teeth. Each tray is designed to use in order that will straighten teeth in increments. “Clear” braces and trays are often the number one choice of adults who choose to have orthodontic treatments. Many adults though self-conscious about their crooked teeth, are often just as self-conscious about having obvious braces. Invisalign is a preferred choice for adults who don’t want to draw attention to their orthodontic treatments.

There are sometimes medical reasons why people choose to have orthodontic treatments. When teeth are misaligned it can often cause the chipping away of tooth enamel. When tooth enamel is chipped and damaged, tooth decay often occurs. Enamel is not re-grown once permanent teeth push through the gum line. Therefore, if misalignment of teeth causes chipping to the enamel, tooth decay can occur. As decay grows it can affect your oral health and cause tooth loss.

Orthodontics is a dental specialty and is not generally performed at a general dental practice.  However, many general dentists offer adult orthodontics such as Invisalign or six month braces.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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