Many people think of braces as something for children and teens, so it might surprise you to know that of the 4 million people wearing them, about 25% are adults. Braces have helped people for years straighten misaligned teeth, but did you know that braces come in more forms than the metal bracket and wire variety?
For people who want to get their teeth aligned but don’t want a mouth full of metal, Invisalign is a great choice. To better understand the benefits of this style of braces, let’s examine the types of malocclusions and how Invisalign can help.
If you live in the Mamaroneck, New York, or Stamford, Connecticut, areas and you need your teeth aligned, Dr. Gennadiy Kravets and his skilled team at All Bright Dental can help.
Types of misaligned teeth
Also known as malocclusion, misaligned teeth can be the result of numerous factors, including a cleft lip and palate, frequent pacifier use after three years of age, prolonged bottle feeding, thumb sucking, injuries, tumors, and abnormally shaped teeth. There are many types of malocclusion, including overbite, crossbite, underbite, open bite, and crowded teeth.
In addition to feeling self-conscious about your smile, the condition can lead to long-term problems with eating because it can make chewing food difficult. It can also lead to challenges with speaking, cause an abnormal facial appearance, and make it difficult to breathe.
How Invisalign helps
From kids not wanting to feel embarrassed among friends to adults being self-conscious about having a mouthful of metal, Invisalign offers a solution that gives people the dental work they need without drawing unwanted attention. These clear dental aligners completely cover your teeth and are far less conspicuous than traditional braces. They’re made of a flexible thermoplastic (SmartTrack) and can help to correct the types of misalignments mentioned above.
The process of getting Invisalign
To qualify for clear aligners, the first step is to get a 3D image of your mouth and jaw used to map your treatment plan. When your aligners are ready, you begin wearing them. They are changed every two weeks, and you’ll need to wear them 22 hours a day. Gradually, your teeth will shift into the optimal positioning.
If you’re looking for an effective way to align teeth without visible braces, Invisalign is a popular solution. If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, make an appointment with Dr. Kravets at All Bright Dental today.