Invisalign in Higganum

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Not happy with your smile? Invisalign is one of many options we offer in our Higganum dental office.  Sometimes crooked teeth can detract from what could be an incredible smile. Orthodontics can make a huge difference in someone’s life, however most people don’t want to have those bulky metals brackets in their mouth.  Invisalign® is an excellent alternative!!  The virtually invisible aligners straighten teeth fast and contain no metal.

Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays.  The trays are changed every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration.  In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled.  A growing number of our patients are reporting complete satisfaction with both the stunning results achieved and the Invisalign treatment at our Higganum dental office.

What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?

Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.

Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign® at our Higganum office:

  • Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth.  Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
  • Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.

What other options can be used to straighten teeth?

Traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligning trays and dental veneers or crowns are three different ways to improve your smile..  There are many different considerations to make when considering which treatment will be best, and we will be happy to discuss it with you at our Higganum dental office.

Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable.  This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient.  This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible.  Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.  Occasionally we may refer a patient to an orthodontist if we feel Invisalign in our Higganum dental office isn’t appropriate.

Sometimes Porcelain Veneers or crowns can be used to straighten teeth. The advantage of this approach is that it takes less time and changes to the appearance or color of the teeth can be achieved as well. A general rule of thumb is if the teeth are only slightly out of alignment and heavily restored already or changes in color are desired this may be the best approach.  If the teeth are more severely crowded Invisalign followed by porcelain veneers can bring about some amazing results.

Interested in Invisalign? Call our Higganum dental office today.