When you have uneven teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. However, that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily excited about the prospect of fixing the problem with braces. But what if your Brighton, MA, dentists could offer an alternative, one that is practically invisible? In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about Invisalign® clear aligners.
The Causes (and Health Risks) of Misalignment
Dental misalignment could occur due to issues with the growth and development of your jaw and oral structures, which impacts how the teeth erupt. Baby teeth that don’t fall out on schedule or the premature loss of primary teeth in childhood, could mean uneven smiles as well. Other factors include tooth loss in teen and adult years, wisdom tooth impaction, or even thumb sucking in childhood. When we have uneven teeth, this could impact our confidence, but also means thoroughly brushing and flossing is more difficult, which makes the onset of tooth decay and gum disease more likely. People could also experience poor bite balance and strain jaw joints, leading to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) in some situations.
How Invisalign Corrects Smiles
To correct the issue without relying on metal braces, we will carefully examine the smile to assess the cause and severity of your misalignment. If we decide to correct the issue with Invisalign ®, then our team will create a series of clear and comfortable plastic aligners. A set will be worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day on average, and a new set is worn every two weeks. Gradually and gently, this process begins to shift the teeth into optimal positions. For adults, an even smile is often possible in as little as a year! For teens or those with more substantial cases of misalignment, up to 18 months may be required, which is still shorter than the time braces typically need.
Creating Removable Aligners
The key to the comfort of the procedure, and the stunning results, is the custom-made nature of each aligner set. To create them, we take detailed impressions of your smile using digital scanning technology. In a special lab, the aligners will be crafted based on these impressions and measurements, ensuring each set is created specifically for your smile. They will be worn daily, but you can remove them before meals or before you brush and floss, which adds convenience during treatment. If you have any questions about correcting misalignment with a series of clear aligners, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Uneven Teeth?
Our team understands the value an even smile offers your appearance and overall health. To learn more about cosmetic orthodontics, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.