Since very few of us are born with perfectly straight teeth and a bite that comes together in its entirety, it is safe to say that the position of their teeth and jaw is something that many people are dissatisfied with. These issues are known as orthodontic problems and can include:
Unusually large spaces between teeth.
Overcrowded teeth, which can cause them to become twisted, crooked or overlapping.
An underbite: this is where the lower jaw extends outwards, causing the front teeth to sit in front of the upper teeth.
An overbite: this is where the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth.
A crossbite: this is where the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth.
Not only can orthodontic dental issues cause you to feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth, but they can also have serious consequences for your oral health.
Teeth that are twisted, crooked and gapped are more likely to trap food debris and bacteria within them, leading to decay and periodontal disease – an inflammatory dental condition that occurs when plaque gets on to the gums and causes irritation and infection. Eventually, the infection can spread around your body and cause widespread health complications. Patients who have problems with their bite can experience uneven wear across their teeth, ear and headaches, and issues with their temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull.
Orthodontic treatments can help address these issues, bringing your teeth and jaw into a position that is more attractive and better for your dental health. Invisalign is a highly popular alternative to conventional braces and is transforming the way that dentists can improve your smile.
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is a modern and innovative way to shift the position of teeth so they sit straight and in improved if not perfect alignment. Unlike traditional braces, which rely on metalwork being fastened to the teeth and brackets and bands to exert pressure on them to force them slowly into the improved position, Invisalign uses a series of custom-designed plastic aligners to put positive pressure on the teeth. This series of aligners is created using cutting edge mapping technology which takes images of the original position of your teeth and tracks how they will need to move in order for them to fall into alignment. This plan is then used to manufacture each aligner, which represents a single stage of the treatment program.
Each aligner is made from clear plastic and sits over the top of the teeth like a mouth guard. Since it is custom designed specifically for your teeth, it will fit perfectly and, once you get used to how it feels, be very comfortable. Each aligner must be worn for at least 22 hours each day and should only be removed to clean it and your teeth, and to eat. Failing to wear the aligners for long enough each day could compromise your treatment plan and extend how long your program lasts. You will almost certainly have the entire program supplied to you at once, but you must ensure that each aligner is worn for the allotted time (approximately three weeks) before you move on to the next in the series. Since no adjustments are needed to be made by your dentist, you will have far fewer appointments than a patient with a conventional brace. Instead, you will need to be seen approximately every 8-12 weeks to check on the progress of your program.
Key benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers patients a number of advantages over conventional braces. These include the following:
A solution that is much more discreet, as the aligners are virtually invisible once in place.
Better oral hygiene, since the aligners can be removed to clean both them and your teeth and there is no need to try and negotiate around the brackets and wires of braces.
Less maintenance. Unlike braces which can easily become damaged and break, the Invisalign aligners are a single, molded device that is virtually unbreakable.
No need to compromise on foods you enjoy since your aligners are temporarily removed while you eat.
A more comfortable solution. There is no painful metal or awkward bands or wires in your mouth.
Fewer visits to your dentist since you can move on to the next stage of the program without professional intervention.
Invisalign allows patients to mild to moderate address bite issues as well as alignment problems.
Predictable results. The Invisalign technology enables you to see a projected view of how your teeth will look at the end of your treatment program.
If you are interested in finding out more about Invisalign and the benefits that it can offer your smile and your long-term oral health, or if you would like to book an appointment to discuss whether you are a good candidate for the treatment program, our friendly and experienced dental team would be happy to help. Please contact our New York offices today to schedule your consultation. During your consiltations with Dr. Rubinoff, we will determine if you are a good candidate for using Invisalign. Call 929-236-9500.