For many people who have orthodontic issues such as teeth misalignment or bite irregularities, the prospect of wearing traditional braces is not a pleasant one. Metal wiring and brackets that obstruct the smile can not only be aesthetically displeasing, but they also typically cause gum tissue irritation and general tightness or discomfort. Over the years, the field of orthodontics has seen a number of developments that have made treatment a more comfortable and discreet experience. Invisalign® clear aligners are a great example of this progress, offering patients a way to improve teeth alignment and enhance the appearance of their smiles without others even knowing they are wearing an orthodontic appliance.
Many people are candidates for Invisalign®, and the treatment can often be an ideal solution for both adults and teens. Some of the conditions that can be corrected with Invisalign® include:
- Gaps and spaces between the teeth
- Teeth misalignments
- Teeth that are “crowded” or too close to each other in certain areas
- Bite issues such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
Invisalign® Lite is a less extensive version of a standard treatment plan, allowing patients to straighten their teeth and improve their bite in a shorter timeframe and with less expense than a typical Invisalign® treatment. This can be a suitable option for minor cases of misalignment, or orthodontic concerns that may not warrant substantial work.
Teenage patients can also benefit greatly from Invisalign®, as the thin, clear aligners are often less intrusive when playing after-school sports and other recreational activities than metal braces. Plus, their ability to be removed can allow patients of all ages to enjoy their favorite foods without restriction or worries about a difficult cleaning process. Our dentists offer Invisalign® Teen for younger patients who wish to straighten their smile with a greater degree of comfort and confidence.
While Invisalign® can be very effective at correcting an array of mild to moderate orthodontic problems, more severe issues may require a different form of treatment. With that in mind, the best way to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign® is to meet with one of our experienced dentists and have an oral evaluation. Many people who think this procedure may not be right for them have actually turned out to be ideal candidates, so it’s important to at least have your condition checked to see if this treatment is the best solution for your needs.
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Invisalign® has helped patients all over the world straighten their teeth and attain a beautiful new smile, correcting what may have been lifelong teeth alignment issues without the noticeability and discomfort often associated with metal braces. If you would like more information on Invisalign®, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, please contact us today.
*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this blog was originally published on July 22, 2015.