Are your crooked teeth impacting the look of your smile? Address misaligned teeth with Invisalign. Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry option for mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Invisalign offers comfortable care with proven results as a modern alternative to metal braces.
Dr. Jennifer Kalochie provides Invisalign treatment for teen and adult patients with mild to moderate orthodontic needs. She works with her patients on an individual basis to evaluate their oral health needs and ensure that Invisalign is the right solution to meet their goals.
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to create a straighter, balanced smile gradually. Invisalign can reposition crooked teeth and treat a range of malocclusion issues for a healthier bite.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth are a common dental problem. Some cases are more severe than others. You may think crooked teeth are just a cosmetic issue, but many oral health problems come with crooked teeth, too. Crooked teeth are a lot harder to clean than straight teeth.
They’re usually cramped and jumbled together. It’s hard to get the floss in between the teeth, and areas may overlap. Those overlapping areas might not get successfully cleaned at all.
You’re at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease when you can’t properly get rid of built-up plaque and tartar. Tooth decay causes rot and infection in your teeth, and gum disease can carry inflammation and infection throughout the entire body. It’s crucial to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Crooked teeth also give you an uneven bite. When you close down your teeth, the pressure isn’t evenly distributed throughout your smile. Certain teeth will wear down faster than others and may chip or break. TMJ is another problem that comes up when you have an uneven bite.
The jaw joint doesn’t track smoothly, and the disc that helps it do so wears down. You can experience problems with chewing and even your ability to open and close your mouth.
Invisalign Treatment in Yardley, PA
To begin treatment, Dr. Kalochie will take dental impressions to create a blueprint for your Invisalign treatment. She sends images of the teeth to a dental lab, creating multiple pairs of aligners. Each pair is different as they slightly shift the teeth in a straighter position.
Dr. Kalochie will ensure that the first pair fits comfortably when the aligners are complete. You will wear each pair of aligners for two weeks. After two weeks, you can switch out your aligners for a new set.
You can soak your aligners in a denture or mouthguard cleaner to clean them. Do not wear your aligners when eating or drinking, as this can stain or damage the appliance.
Keep your aligners in their ventilated case when they are not in use. Also, brush your teeth before placing your aligners back in your mouth.
Treatment carries out over a series of months. Your dentist will determine how long your Invisalign treatment will take. On average, Invisalign treatment typically takes around 12-18 months.
More severe cases may take a little bit longer. If you don’t follow the treatment plan properly and aren’t wearing the aligners as long as you need to, the treatment will take longer as well.
Discover more about treatment with Invisalign by reading common answers to these questions:
How does Invisalign compare to metal braces?
Traditional metal braces use brackets and wires that create a more even smile. Patients with braces cannot eat sticky, hard, or crunchy foods that may damage the braces. However, braces can benefit patients who have more complex orthodontic needs.
Invisalign uses clear and discreet plastic aligners. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can eat and drink what they want without any restrictions. Invisalign treatment also benefits patients who have a misaligned smile.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign is an excellent braces alternative for teens and adults. We will recommend Invisalign for patients with mild to moderate problems with crooked teeth, tooth gaps, underbites, or overbites.
If you only have one or two crooked teeth that cause cosmetic issues for your smile, Dr. Kalochie may recommend dental bonding or porcelain veneers. These cosmetic options cover the front of the tooth enamel to improve the alignment of the smile.
How long is Invisalign treatment?
The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 to 18 months. However, each patient is different, so your treatment time will vary. For the best results, patients should wear their Invisalign aligners for about 22 hours daily.
Straighten Your Smile Today
Are you looking for a comfortable way to realign crooked teeth? Ask about Invisalign treatment today. Request a dental consultation with Dr. Kalochie on our website. You may also call her for an appointment at 267.592.3552.
Do you have any remaining questions about Invisalign? Let us know at your next dental visit.