Invisalign® for Overcrowding
Overcrowded teeth detract from the beauty of the smile, throw off the balance of the bite, and make it difficult to clean the teeth and gums properly. Orthodontic treatment corrects overcrowding to enhance oral health, functions, and aesthetics. However, many people are reluctant to wear metal braces. Instead, individuals in the Queens, NY, Long Island, and NYC, area can consider Invisalign® for overcrowding.
As offered at Astoria Dental Group, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually shift the teeth into their proper position. Invisalign offers results that are comparable to braces, but the treatment process is far more convenient and discreet. Here our dentists provide an overview of how Invisalign corrects overcrowding, and why this technique is often preferred over traditional orthodontics.
Invisalign is a newer orthodontic technique than braces, but it has quickly grown in popularity. That is because, in addition to the number of benefits that Invisalign provides, this technique is very versatile. Invisalign can correct many of the same issues as traditional braces, including overcrowding. As long as malocclusion problems are not extreme, Invisalign should be a suitable treatment option. The dentists at Astoria Dental Group can examine the teeth and gums to determine if a patient is an ideal candidate for Invisalign.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment
During Invisalign treatment patients progress through a series of aligner trays. The aligners are made of a clear, strong plastic. Aligners sit directly over the teeth, like a mouth guard, but much slimmer and more discreet. Aligners provide subtle pressure that encourages the teeth and jaw to gradually shift into their proper position. Each set of aligner trays is worn for two weeks. The shape of the aligners change subtly, so that as patients progress through their aligners, they get closer to achieving Invisalign results.
Throughout Invisalign treatment patients periodically return to our dental office for routine checkups. Our dentists like to see patients approximately every six weeks. These appointments allow us to track the progress of Invisalign treatment, and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. At these appointments patients also receive their next several sets of aligners.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is one of the most widely requested orthodontic treatments, and that is due in large part to the many benefits this teeth straightening technique provides. Invisalign offers a number of advantages over traditional braces, including:
- Comfort - Invisalign is completely free of metal brackets and wires, so they feel more comfortable than braces and should not cut or scrape the gums, lips, or other soft tissues of the mouth.
- Convenience - Invisalign aligners are not bonded to the teeth. They can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This makes them far more convenient than traditional braces.
- Discreet appearance - Braces contain metal brackets and wires that stand out against the teeth. Many feel as though braces detract from the beauty of the smile during treatment. Invisalign aligners are clear and sit flat against the teeth, making them virtually invisible.
Contact Astoria Dental Group
If you suffer from overcrowding that compromises the appearance of your smile and makes it difficult to clean and care for your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. To learn more about this popular teeth straightening treatment, and whether it may be right for you, contact Astoria Dental Group online, or call (718) 278-1123.