Invisible Aligner Treatments
The most common use for invisible aligner treatment is straightening crooked teeth. Whether you’re looking to get just one stubborn tooth in line or if your whole mouth needs a total makeover, clear aligners are typically robust enough to even most issues out. Aesthetics aside, crooked teeth can cause a number of issues including speech problems, jaw misalignment, strained muscles, and make teeth more difficult to thoroughly clean; which can subsequently lead to excess plaque buildup and faster tooth decay. Whether you’ve had braces once to straighten your teeth or are considering them for the first time, invisible aligners can do the job well.
Bite correction is necessary when teeth or the jaw do not align properly. A misaligned bite can cause problems that range from mildly annoying to serious enough for oral surgery. It can cause problems with speech, jaw discomfort or pain, difficulties eating food, and accidental cheek or tongue biting/chafing. Luckily, invisible aligners have the ability to significantly improve bite problems that are caused by misalignment, including overbites and underbites, crossbites, and open bites (when teeth stay open even when the jaw is closed). Bite issues that develop due to jaw structure, however, are more complex and may require surgery to correct. The sooner your aligners are installed, the sooner you’ll be on your way to a comfortable, perfectly aligned bite.
Sometimes, significant gaps can occur between front teeth, side teeth, canines, or, in select cases, all teeth. Gaps are typically caused by small or missing teeth, a large jaw, or an oversized labial frenum (that bit of tissue leading from your upper lip to your gums). Though many people choose not to fix gaps in their teeth (some celebrities and notable historical figures have even become known for their gappy smiles), plaque can easily build up in the spaces and pose as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which can, in turn, lead to infection. Invisible aligners can treat gaps, evening out teeth and effectively closing those empty spaces.
If your teeth have grown to look like they’re fighting for space in your mouth, you most likely have a crowding issue. Problems with crowding can span a lifetime, starting with thumb or pacifier sucking as a child, and can steadily grow worse with age. Crowding can be caused by different-sized teeth, loss of or extra teeth, complications due to a cleft lip or palate, and an undersized jawbone. The effects: excessive wear on teeth, gum disease, plaque buildup, and abnormal tooth decay. Crowding may seem like a manageable situation, but taking precautions and straightening teeth that don’t want to share space can pay off in the long run.
It’s never too late to get the smile that you want, and it’s never too late to take care of seemingly small problems that could potentially lead to bigger ones. Investing in invisible aligners is about more than pretty teeth—it’s a step toward ensuring your overall oral health.
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