Healthy Bites and Transformed Smiles
Occlusion is predisposed by genetics. However, in some cases, early loss of dentition and missing teeth due to caries can lead to an uneven bite. This is why orthodontics is so important.
Lakefront Family Dentistry offers orthodontics with Invisalign treatment for adults. Dr. Hauser enjoys seeing his patients’ reactions when they compare “before and after” pictures once the treatment is completed.
The time to straighten a patient’s bite goes by fairly quickly with Invisalign (each patient is unique), with life-changing results for their appearance and oral health. Most patients don’t even remember they are really wearing a form of braces and co-workers often don’t even notice they have them on at all.
While many other practitioners will offer a smorgasbord of orthodontic offerings, Dr. Hauser decided to choose one type of treatment that works for the majority of adults. This is why he only offers Invisalign.
This treatment provides patients with the movement necessary to straighten one’s bite, without the need for brackets, molar bands and wires. Most adults no longer seek traditional orthodontic options since it can irritate their oral tissue and is clearly visible, which often affects a person’s self-esteem.
How It Works
Invisalign aligners are quite thin. They look like mouthguards athletes use in sports. However, they are more lightweight and not as thick. They are changed every other week and gently move each tooth to its proper place for the perfect bite and alignment.
This type of treatment is the safest, as the gentle force will not traumatize the roots, periodontal ligaments or the alveolar socket. The gradual movement is less likely to cause discomfort as well.
Who Can Use Invisalign?
Anyone over the age of 13 is a likely candidate for this Invisalign treatment. Even people with prosthodontic appliances, like implants or crowns can benefit from this treatment to correct their natural dentition.
While traditional braces may cause metal allergies, Invisalign is free of metal components, making it safer for the most sensitive of mouths. A patient who chooses Invisalign generally does not have to worry about inner cheek lesions and gingivitis, which are common problems that go hand-in-hand with metal braces.
How Long Does It Take?
The length of treatment will depend on a few key factors. To start, the appliance must be worn for 20 hours or more each day. If a patient wore it for less than the required duration, treatment would take much longer.
The severity of the malocclusion is another factor to consider. People who have simple malocclusions will conclude their treatment sooner than those who have complex conditions like crossbites and severe crowding.
Other factors may come into play as well. This will include cases where a patient has gingivitis or gum recession. Treatment for these conditions may require the patient to stop using their aligners for a short period of time.
To find out more about Invisalign, set up an appointment with Lakefront Family Dentistry’s for orthodontic treatment today! Dr. Hauser enjoys explaining the process to interested patients who want to learn more. Call the office at (951) 244-9495 or go online to make an appointment through the link below, anytime.