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Orthodontic Treatments with Invisalign

Most problems with teeth have a common cause. That cause is poor positioning over many years. In these cases we find some teeth don’t touch or barely touch the opposing teeth. When people lose teeth and don’t replace them, it allows the surrounding teeth to shift, often resulting in open spaces between teeth and an altered bite. The function of teeth in supporting the face includes the vertical distance between the upper and lower jaws. That vertical dimension is reduced with tooth loss and migration. The pointy chins we see on older patients is often a sign of that. When patients lose a tooth, it means the loss of function for two teeth, the one that was lost and the one it chewed with. That forces the other teeth to work harder, to make up for the work not being done by the ones that have no contact. You will find that these overworked teeth are the ones that get decay, hurt, wear unevenly or even break most of the time. Having crowded or crooked teeth is not only unsightly, it contributes to gum disease, due to the difficulty of cleaning those areas. An uneven bite also allows the jaws to slowly shift their normal, functional position, resulting in jaw pain (TMJ). Orthodontic treatment is the only way to correct this and we now have an alternative to conventional braces called Invisalign. Invisalign works by creating a series of clear plastic “aligners” that fit over your teeth.

Each aligner moves the teeth a small amount and is worn for 2 weeks. Invisalign has a team of orthodontists who evaluate each case and determine if the case can be treated by Invisalign, as well as how many aligners are required. After the final aligners are used and tooth movements are completed, the pt. wears clear retainers during sleep, only. Not all cases can be treated with Invisalign, so we perform a free evaluation to determine if your case is suitable.

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