When you have uneven teeth, this is referred to as malocclusion, and this could lead to poor oral health, not to mention negative impacts on your smile’s appearance. To correct misalignment, we can take a cosmetic approach with clear plastic aligners. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about Invisalign® aligners.
The Causes and Dangers of Malocclusion
How do we develop uneven smiles? This could be due to issues with the growth and development of the jaw, which impacts how your teeth erupt. Losing baby teeth prematurely could cause impaction and issues with the eruption of permanent teeth. Injury and tooth loss due to gum disease could be a factor too, as could thumb sucking in childhood. The factors vary, but when you have crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth this could lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease as thorough brushing and flossing is more difficult. You could also be more susceptible to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Treating this could mean you avoid painful symptoms and oral health complications, and that you can smile with confidence.
Creating Invisalign® Aligners
For many people, we can offer straighter smiles in as little as one year with the Invisalign® system. In addition to a shorter time frame, you also enjoy invisible treatment as these aligners are made from a clear, BPA-free plastic material. We custom make them based on the detailed digital images we gather of your smile, so each set fits comfortably and helps shift the teeth to correct misalignment. We can treat teens and adults alike with this option, and help them enjoy even smiles without the use of metal braces.
The Treatment Process
The treatment process is fairly simple. You will wear a set of aligners for about 20 to 22 hours a day, upgrading to the next set after about two weeks. You will continue this process for about a year, or up to 18 months, depending on how severe your misalignment is. They can be removed before you eat, so you avoid food being trapped in your orthodontics, and you don’t have to alter you diets and avoid certain items. You can also have a much easier time brushing and flossing, so you better protect your smile from cavities and gum disease during the treatment process.
If you have any questions about getting started with the Invisalign® system, or about our other cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist Offers Cosmetic Orthodontics
Our team is ready to help you enjoy an even smile with clear braces. If you would like to find out about our cosmetic orthodontic aligners, or schedule a visit, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.