When your teeth are aligned well, you have a better chance of good dental health and a confident smile. If you have alignment issues, however, metal braces might not seem worth the hassle. That’s where Invisalign® comes in. Through a series of customized, discreet devices that slip over your teeth, you can gradually create the straight smile you desire.
Hannah Baek, DDS at Healthy Smile Dental in Woodridge, Illinois, proudly offers Invisalign as an innovative option for adults and teens seeking a straighter, more vibrant smile. Read on to learn more about Invisalign, including alignment issues it can fix.
Why alignment matters
When your teeth are crooked or crowded, food particles can get trapped, and it can be very difficult to clean the nooks and crannies in between your teeth. This can lead to plaque buildup and a heightened risk of decay, cavities, and infections.
Poor dental alignment can also lead to jaw pain, headaches, and, if you’re bothered by the appearance, negative self-image or low self-esteem.
On the flip side, a straighter, better-aligned smile is a healthier one. You’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth more efficiently and smile with greater confidence.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign fixes alignment problems by gradually shifting your teeth into better placement with gentle pressure. The clear trays are made of BPA-free plastic, and you remove them to eat, drink anything besides water, and brush and floss your teeth.
You wear your Invisalign devices for 20-22 hours per day throughout the process, and switch to your next in the series every 1-2 weeks. Meanwhile, our team at Healthy Smile Dental assesses your progress every 4-6 weeks. While the length of time needed for Invisalign varies, it tends to work faster than traditional braces.
Alignment issues Invisalign can fix
Invisalign can address a range of common alignment issues, including:
- Overbite, when your front upper teeth that overlap your lower front teeth
- Underbite, when your lower front teeth sit in front of your upper teeth
- Crossbite, when your upper and lower jaws don’t line up
- Open bite, when your upper and lower teeth don’t meet when you close your mouth
- Crowding, when your teeth twist or overlap
- Gapped teeth, when you have excessive space in between teeth
- Crooked teeth, when there isn’t enough room for all of your teeth
To learn more about Invisalign or get the alignment care you need, call Healthy Smile Dental or send us a message through our website.