Invisalign is an effective solution to a range of dental issues. We’ll be able to discuss your needs at your initial consultation and explain how Invisalign can work for you.
If your teeth don’t fit in your jaw, they can overlap, twist, or bunch up — what we call ‘crowding’. While some people dislike how this looks, crowded teeth can also make it difficult to maintain thorough dental hygiene.
Invisalign can correct crowded teeth by gradually shifting them into proper alignment. Each tooth can be moved one-quarter of a millimetre with each aligner in your treatment. As they are repositioned, they make more space in your mouth. After a few months, overcrowding is reduced and your teeth will have moved into their new positions.
If you have spacing problems or ‘gaps between your teeth’, then Invisalign can push your teeth together to create a straight, uniform smile. While spacing isn’t problematic in itself, gaps can be food traps (which can lead to tooth and gum decay in the future). On its own, teeth spacing is considered to be a minor dental problem, so it is quite simple to correct with a treatment such as Invisalign.
Other uses for Invisalign
If your crowding or spacing issues are accompanied by other problems such as bite misalignment, elastics and Invisalign Smartforce attachments can be used to execute intricate tooth movements. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, overjet, crossbite, or open bite, Invisalign can help.
Some FAQs include:
How quickly will I see the results of Invisalign?
Some people with very minor dental problems can enjoy the results of their Invisalign treatment in as little as three months of 20-22 hours per day wear. The timeline varies on a case by case basis, but most patients can expect their treatment to take around 9 to 18 months.
Does Invisalign change your face?
Invisalign can be used to improve your face shape and profile if this is desired. Crooked teeth can affect the shape of your face and bite misalignment influences the position of your jaw. When Invisalign corrects these issues it will reduce their impact on the appearance of your face, lips, and jaw.
Is Invisalign a permanent fix?
Yes. Invisalign can permanently straighten your teeth as long as you commit to the treatment and wear your aligners as instructed. You will also need to take care to attend follow up appointments, maintain excellent dental hygiene, and wear your retainer as advised by your dentist.