Invisalign: What Can It Treat?

Most orthodontic issues that are treatable with braces can also be corrected with Invisalign in a North York dental clinic. The invisible braces straighten and realign teeth without pain and often in less time than traditional braces. Some examples of issues Invisalign can solve include the following:

Gaps Between Teeth

Gaps between teeth are more than just an aesthetic problem. These spaces allow bacteria to accumulate more easily, causing gingivitis, deep pockets, and even periodontitis.

Overbite and Underbite

Proper alignment means upper teeth are slightly in front of lower teeth. In the case of overbite, upper teeth will be too far forward, usually due to a genetic condition, overdevelopment of the bone, or poor oral habits. This can lead to pain in the jaw.

An underbite is the opposite problem — lower teeth jut out beyond upper teeth. This is often due to missing upper teeth, underdevelopment of the upper jaw, or overdevelopment of the lower jaw. It can lead to pain and wearing down of the teeth.

Cross Bite

Cross bite occurs when there is misalignment of both the upper and lower jaws. Some of the upper teeth end up inside the lower teeth. This can result in the wearing down of teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.

Open Bite

A final bite problem is open bite — when you are unable to make your teeth meet. In addition to genetics, this can be caused by bad habits. Open bite needs correcting to enable proper chewing and speech and to prevent temporomandibular joint disorder.

Crowding

If there is insufficient space for all your teeth to fit in your mouth, you will suffer from crowding. This results in a crooked smile, and the problem may worsen over time. Crowding also puts you at a higher risk of plaque buildup, decay, and gum disease.

What are the Benefits of Using Invisible Braces?

If you want straighter, better-aligned teeth, you can choose between traditional metal braces and invisible braces. Although each work in much the same way, if you are an adult or teen, metal brackets may make you feel self-conscious about your smile. For this reason, invisible braces in North York could be the better option for you.
Appearance
As the name suggests, no one will know you are wearing invisible braces. Unlike traditional braces, which are very noticeable, invisible braces are made from clear plastic aligners making it almost unseen by others.
Cost
The cost for invisible braces in North York is often much the same as that for traditional metal braces.
Comfort
Although you may feel some discomfort every time you receive new aligners, this quickly dissipates. This type of brace should never rub against the side of your mouth — if there are any sharp edges, return to your dental clinic for an adjustment.
Removable
You can remove this brace any time you want. This means there are no dietary restrictions and no risk of food caught in your braces.
Treatment Duration
This type of brace can correct the alignment of your teeth in as little as six months and usually require a maximum of just 18 months. Metal braces, in contrast, will need to stay on your teeth for an average of two years.
Uses of Invisible Braces
Invisible braces resolve all sorts of problems, including overbite, underbite, cross bite, overcrowding, and gaps between the teeth.
Maintenance
It is easy to keep invisible braces clean. Simply remove them from your mouth, brush them, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Dental Visits
Although you will need to change your aligner every two weeks, you will only need to visit your dentist every four to six weeks. It is important that you always keep track of your next dental visit.