There’s a stigma attached to braces: they’re nerdy, unattractive, awkward, and embarrassing. If you’re young then dealing with them for a few years can be tolerable, but as an adult they can be an absolute no-go. You have a life, a career – there’s a lot at stake when it comes to the image you present!
If you’re an adult who wants a straighter smile you’ve probably considered Invisalign. Questions about Invisalign are common at Edgewood Dental Care, and a lot of them are about what kinds of cases it can treat. A lot of our patients assume it’s only for the most minor alignment issues, but that’s not true at all – Invisalign can do more than you think!
From a single out-of-line tooth to much greater problems, Invisalign has come a long way in its ability to treat alignment problems. You might also be surprised to learn about some of the other oral health issues that can accompany alignment problems: they can be serious!
One of the most common things people think about treating with Invisalign are gaps between their teeth. Invisalign doesn’t just treat single gaps – it can treat multiple large gaps, creating the smile you’ve always wished you had.
It’s important to address gaps because of the increased gum disease risk they can present. Because more of the gingival tissue is exposed in the area between your teeth there are increased chances of bacteria becoming trapped there. Closing gaps isn’t just for a pretty smile – it’s for a healthy one too!
Do you have teeth that are overlapping or pushing other ones out of the way? That’s an indicator of a crowded mouth. Invisalign can scoot those teeth back into position, and it’s important that you do so not only for you look but for the health of your teeth as well!
Crowding is the opposite problem of gaps, but it still presents a risk for your teeth and gums: there are tons of tiny spaces where bacteria can hide out and wreak havoc! If you can’t fit floss between your teeth then you could end up in serious trouble!
Overbites And Underbites
Whether your top teeth stick out over your bottom ones or it’s the bottom doing the protruding Invisalign can fix it. It’s important to address over/underbite issues because of the potential jaw problems that can develop. If your teeth aren’t positioning your jaw in a comfortable and natural place there’s constant stress on your jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ.
TMJ pain can be unbearable and constant – even more of a reason to get that smile fixed!
If you have teeth that don’t meet when you close your mouth you have an open bite. Invisalign can fix these too, potentially preventing TMJ pain, eliminating speech impediments, and making it easier to chew and tear food.
If you have an open bit and have noticed pain when you chew it still isn’t too late to fix the problem – all you need to do is start Invisalign as soon as possible!
A crossbite happens when your upper and/or lower jaw are misaligned, causing some of your teeth to cross over the other ones and close irregularly. Over time a crossbite can lead to bone wear, joint problems, and tooth damage. All the more reason to correct it right away!
Getting Invisalign In Edgewood KY
Starting Invisalign treatment at our office is simple: all you have to do is schedule an initial consultation to see us and we’ll get the ball rolling! We use 3D scanning technology to take a digital impression of your mouth, which we then manipulate tooth by tooth on a computer.
Because we model the movement of each tooth individually our Invisalign treatments are effective, predictable, and reliable. You’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted in just about half the time of a traditional orthodontic treatment!
Don’t Wait Another Day For The Perfect Smile
You don’t have to live with a crooked smile, and you don’t need to make fixing it a noticeable process. We can start you on the journey to the smile of your dreams, and all it takes is that first phone call to our Edgewood office.