Invisalign is a modern orthodontic development used by Dr. Obaidi as an alternative to traditional cosmetic braces
The main difference between the two methods is that Invisalign doesn’t use wires. Instead of attaching brackets to your teeth, the orthodontist uses a computer-generated plastic tray meant to realign your teeth.
- Boosted Comfort: Since Invisalign is made of plastic, there are no risks of wires and brackets jamming the insides of your mouth. Unlike cosmetic brackets, you’re free to eat hard, crunchy food, too.
- Better Aesthetic: A common reason patients choose the Invisalign treatment is to enjoy a brace-free smile.
- Easy Cleaning: Cosmetic braces are difficult to clean. You need to visit your orthodontist once or twice a month to have the gunk cleaned out of the wires. With Invisalign, you can clean the tray on your own by taking out the tray and brushing your teeth normally. You submerge the tray in lukewarm water, scrub with toothpaste, and then put it back.
Patients are advised to wear the tray at least 20 to 22 hours every day to ensure that the Invisalign treatment works. A checkup is required every six weeks.
Orthodontic Issues That Invisalign Can Fix
O Dental uses Invisalign to fix the following teeth structure issues:
An underbite is characterized by lower teeth extending past the upper teeth.
Patients with an underbite may suffer from teeth deterioration or speech issues. Underbites can also make a patient’s jaw protrude further than normal.
The goal is to use the Invisalign to push the lower teeth back into place. With severe underbite cases, the orthodontist might have to combine cosmetic braces with the Invisalign.
An overbite is the opposite of an underbite, characterized by upper teeth extending too far from the bottom teeth. Overbites often make it harder for patients to chew food, especially hard substances. It can also give a ‘buckteeth’ appearance.
3. Crooked Teeth
There are many factors that cause teeth to grow crooked, but it is mostly an inherited trait. Mild cases of crooked teeth can easily be resolved with Invisalign.
If the deformity is severe, however, the patient will have to use specialized cosmetic braces.
4. Crowded Teeth
Patients born with a small mouth or jaw often have crowded teeth. The lack of space forces the teeth to grow too close together, which is often a problem when wisdom teeth emerge.
5. Open Bite
An open bite is characterized by forward-slanting teeth that do not meet. An orthodontist uses Invisalign to fix the angle at which your upper and lower teeth slant.
Disclaimer: Whether Invisalign can effectively resolve these issues depends on a case-by-case basis. Severe conditions might require another form of cosmetic treatment.
Visit O Dental Today
Once you arrive at O Dental, the friendly staff will conduct an initial interview to learn more about you and your orthodontic history. The team will assess your cosmetic dental issues to see if they can be resolved with Invisalign. If it’s a match, you can proceed with the treatment.