Invisalign treatment has become a popular alternative to traditional braces for correction of crooked or slightly misaligned teeth. Recent evidence indicates that Invisalign can also be effective in correcting minor malocclusions, or a misaligned bite. Our dental office offers Invisalign in the San Antonio area, and we can help you determine if your malocclusion can be effectively treated in this manner.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional orthodontics to correct crooked teeth or misalignment uses metal braces affixed to the teeth. The braces are connected with rubber bands that create pressure on the braces to move the teeth into the appropriate place. For major malocclusion or extremely crooked teeth, braces are still often the most effective option. However, for less severe alignment problems, Invisalign can be a preferred option.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, custom made for the individual patient, to gradually move the teeth into the proper position. Each tray is worn for about two weeks, and the full treatment can last six to eighteen months, depending upon the patient’s individual needs. Trays can be removed for cleaning, eating, and for special occasions. Because they are made of clear plastic, they have the added advantage of being virtually invisible.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Not all misalignments and malocclusions can be effectively treated with Invisalign. The best way to determine if Invisalign is a good option for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your needs and goals. If your dentist believes your goals can be met through Invisalign treatment, then you will move on to discuss how long your treatment will last and how to ensure the best long term results. You will have to wear your aligner trays at least twenty-two hours every day, and after treatment is completed, you will wear a retainer periodically as recommended by your dentist to be sure your teeth remain in the proper position.
To find out more about how Invisalign can correct your misalignment or minor malocclusion, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.