Many people have misaligned teeth, which may also be called malocclusions. Misaligned teeth can be a cosmetic issue, but they can also increase the risk for dental disease. Traditional metal braces are often highly effective in correcting moderate to severe malocclusions. Older teens and adults with misaligned teeth, however, may prefer a more discreet solution, such as Invisalign. Invisalign clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible and can often straighten teeth in less time than traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners can help those with mild to moderate misalignments. Because they need to be worn at least 20 to 22 hours a day, candidates for treatment will need to be highly motivated. Aligners are removable, which makes maintaining good dental hygiene easier than it often is with traditional braces. However, it is still essential to maintain those good hygiene practices by brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day. Unlike braces, aligners can make treating misalignments comfortable and more discreet. A new appliance will be used about every two weeks, which gives patients a greater degree of control over their results.
Clear plastic orthodontic aligners may not be appropriate for every patient or every malocclusion. Children or teens whose jaws are not fully grown may need to consider using traditional metal braces. Those with more severe malocclusions may also need traditional orthodontics. Our cosmetic dentist can help you determine which orthodontic solution may be best for correcting your teeth and which fill fit best into your unique lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your consultation.