St. Paul Invisible Braces Dentist Discusses Reasons to Consider Invisalign

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Mar 10, 2015

What kind of alignment issues can Invisaligncorrect?

Invisalign aligners are used to correct the same alignment and bite issues as traditional metal braces. But the great advantage of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are not only virtually invisible to the naked eye, but they can be removed as needed for eating or other activities.

Common alignment issues that can be corrected with Invisalign are:

Overcrowding – Overcrowding becomes a problem when too little space exists for teeth to align properly in the mouth. This can cause tooth decay between crowded teeth as well as increasing the likelihood of gum disease.

Large gaps between teeth – This problem can occur either because teeth are missing or because the jaw had developed abnormally around missing teeth.

Cross bite – A common dental problem, cross bite occurs when one or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth, leading to erosion of bone and gum disease.

Overbite – Another common problem is overbite, which occurs when upper teeth project further than the lower teeth, creating the possibility of jaw pain and TMJ.

Underbite – The opposite of the overbite is underbite, and it occurs when the lower teeth project further than the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may result.

What does treatment with Invisalign involve?

The St. Paul Invisible Braces Dentist Office develops a treatment plan by taking three-dimensional digital images of the jaw. The dentist will closely review these images, viewing the teeth from several different angles. This technology actually allows the patient to see the change that Invisalign® trays will have on your smile. After a plan is established, a customized set of aligners is created.

Do I have to wear Invisalign® all the time?

Invisaligntrays should be worn constantly, but they should be removed when eating or drinking. This is important because food or drink can easily become, causing tooth decay.

Every two weeks or so, new trays will be introduced, and at that time you will be able to see the progress. Invisalign aligning trays are known for being both comfortable and effective and have revolutionized orthodontics. Contact our dentist office for more information or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.