It can be embarrassing and discouraging to have crooked teeth. It’s tough to smile with confidence when you are worried that others are noticing your smile imperfections – but then again, it’s also hard to smile proudly when you have a mouth full of metal braces.
Fortunately, there is a solution for patients who want to fix their smiles without resorting to traditional braces: the Invisalign clear braces system.
The Basics of Invisalign
The basic concept of Invisalign is simple: rather than getting metal brackets bonded to their teeth, Invisalign patients wear clear, removable trays made of hard plastic. Over time, the trays are traded out to guide the teeth into their proper places.
The Many Benefits of Invisalign
Why endure months or even years of metal braces when you don’t have to? Using the Invisalign system, you can correct your uneven bite or crooked teeth without any of the downsides of traditional braces.
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign aligners is that they are clear. Most people don’t even notice when others are wearing them. This is one of the main reasons many teenagers and adults choose Invisalign.
Since the clear trays are removable, patients do not have to adjust their diets as they would to protect metal braces. They can enjoy all their favorite foods, and they won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in them. Of course, the fact that they are removable also means it is much easier for patients to brush and floss properly, too.
Many patients find Invisalign to be more comfortable to wear than metal braces, as the trays are made of smooth plastic rather than mouth-irritating metal.
The Invisalign system makes it easy for patients to achieve their dream smiles without making it obvious to anyone else. Invisalign straightens crooked teeth effectively and discreetly. Getting orthodontic treatment has never been so attractive!
I have an uneven bite. Is it possible to fix it?
YES, it is certainly possible to correct an uneven bite! An uneven bite can cause pain and discomfort, and may impact your physical appearance, so it is important to get the care you need as soon as possible.
When your teeth do not line up properly, you may have trouble chewing thoroughly and speaking clearly, and you may experience TMJ pain. An uneven bite is a common problem, but it is one that should be taken care of promptly to avoid further problems down the road.
Types of Uneven Bites
A misaligned bite can be caused by a wide range of problems, known as malocclusions. Some of the most common are:
Underbite (lower teeth are in front of the front upper teeth)
Crossbite (one or more of the teeth grows in overbite or underbite fashion)
Openbite (upper and lower teeth are pushed out so that they do not meet)
What Causes an Uneven Bite?
The causes of an uneven bite vary depending on the individual case; sometimes the patient’s habits, such as thumb sucking, can lead to bite issues. Other times, it can be hereditary. Whatever the cause, there are treatment options that will effectively take care of your bite.
Treatment Options for a Misaligned Bite
For many patients, orthodontic braces can be used to shift the teeth into their proper places and correct the bite problem. Treatment may also include additional appliances to achieve the desired result.
In some cases, the patient may need to undergo oral surgery to correct a misaligned bite.
Benefits of Correcting an Uneven Bite
Choosing to fix your bite comes with several benefits, making it well worth the time and effort of undergoing treatment.
Correcting the bite often helps the patient feel more comfortable with his or her appearance.
Choosing treatment is key to avoiding damage to the teeth. When teeth do not line up properly, uneven wear is placed upon certain teeth. Correcting this problem keeps teeth healthy.
For patients with TMJ disorders, correcting bite problems can alleviate pain and discomfort.
As you can see, correcting uneven bites is a fairly common dental treatment that can have many benefits for your health and well-being. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office. Let our trained dentists help you improve your quality of life!
What are some solutions to fix my crooked teeth besides Invisalign?
The Invisalign clear braces system has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. Invisalign has become known as the modern solution for people who need to straighten their teeth. To be sure, there are many benefits to using it.
However, Invisalign is not for everyone. Our office understands that each patient is unique and will have his or her own needs and preferences when it comes to cosmetic dental treatment.
If Invisalign is not right for you, rest assured, we will find a suitable treatment for you that will straighten your teeth and create a smile you will love.
Why Invisalign May Not Be Right For You
Though there are many reasons to choose Invisalign, there are also reasons it may not be the best choice for an individual. These include:
Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces or other treatments. For adults who are on a budget, for families, or for people who simply do not want to invest a significant amount of money into a cosmetic procedure, Invisalign may simply be out of their price range.
Invisalign is not a good treatment option for children. In order for Invisalign to be effective, the patient must follow his or her treatment plan closely, wearing the aligners at least 22 hours per day. Most children simply are not ready for that responsibility.
Depending on your individual case, you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign. During your consultation, we’ll let you know whether Invisalign is likely to work for you.
If you are an adult who would prefer an orthodontic treatment you don’t have to think about, Invisalign is not for you. Patients who wear Invisalign must remember to wear them at all times when they are not eating or brushing and flossing. Some patients find that traditional braces, which cannot be removed, give them the freedom to not have to worry about their treatment. Others find that a method outside of braces and Invisalign will best suit their needs.
Options Other Than Invisalign
You certainly are not limited to choosing Invisalign if you want to straighten teeth that are crooked, gapped, or crowded. Here are some other options that may be better for you.
Traditional braces: For many people who have crooked teeth, traditional braces are an ideal treatment option. Metal brackets are attached to the teeth and joined by a metal wire that will pull the teeth into their proper locations. Metal braces do not carry the same responsibilities as Invisalign because they cannot be removed by the patient, a feature many patients find to be beneficial.
Orthodontic appliances: Depending on the movement necessary to correct your smile, we may be able to provide you with an orthodontic appliance that will straighten your teeth without the full-on expense of Invisalign or metal braces.
Porcelain veneers: Some patients want straighter smiles, but they don’t want to suffer through the discomfort, inconvenience, and time commitment associated with orthodontic treatment. For these patients, porcelain veneers may be an excellent option. Porcelain veneers disguise crooked teeth rather than straightening them. Thin layers of translucent porcelain are attached to the fronts of the crooked teeth, giving the appearance of a perfectly straight time. Veneers enable patients to choose exactly how their smiles will look after treatment, which makes them an attractive choice. This cosmetic treatment can last a decade or more with good care.
At Fixari Family Dental, we aim to provide patients with the right treatments that will match their preferences and lifestyles. If Invisalign is not right for you, we can find a treatment that is.
Contact our office (located in Columbus and Canal Winchester) to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shayne Fixari or any of our other exceptional cosmetic dentists to discuss your options for correcting your crooked teeth.