Shirley, NY, Invisalign

If you have been thinking about correcting problems with the spacing of your teeth, Invisalign clear aligners provide an attractive alternative to traditional orthodontic braces. By discussing the differences between each solution with your dentist, we can help you move forward with desirable smile correction. This requires examining your smile to determine your level of misalignment.

At your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist, we offer smile care for all ages. Whether you are looking for orthodontics for your teen or have issues you would like to correct yourself, we have you covered. In today’s blog, we explore how Invisalign best treats problems with dental misalignment.

When Your Teeth Do Not Align Properly

When conditions in your bite lead to it becoming off balance, also known as malocclusion, orthodontic correction can help prevent complications that arise. Whether your smile is crooked, or crowded, or you have overlapping teeth, both clear aligners and traditional braces can pull them back into the correct position. Without treatment, misalignment increases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. As certain teeth take a disproportionate amount of force from your bite, they can wear down, breaking the protective seal of your outer enamel layer. When selecting an orthodontic system, we will evaluate your level of misalignment to determine which best addresses your uneven bite.

Designing A Set Of Custom Aligners

By taking digital scans of your smile and other oral structures, we can project what your teeth will look like after correction with Invisalign. If you like what you see, we will send this same scan to an offsite lab where they will create a custom set of clear aligner trays. When the trays are delivered, you will wear each pair that fits the exact shape of your current smile. As the trays gradually pull your teeth into position, you graduate to successive pairs until your correction is complete. Patients can expect complete results in as little as a year or a year and a half.

Clear Aligners Are Available For Teens And Adults

Before providing clear aligners to teenage patients, we want to see that all permanent teeth arrive and their surfaces calcify. Wearing your aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours each day ensures the best results. However, compared to traditional braces, the removability of Invisalign allows for easier cleaning when brushing and flossing. Enjoy taking them off for photographs or other special occasions before getting back to your regular treatment schedule. Clear aligners reduce the need for orthodontic visits because there is no need to readjust treatment wires.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Visit In Shirley, NY

Improve your oral health and enjoy a more esthetically pleasing smile with clear aligner treatment! For more information on addressing uneven teeth or to schedule an appointment, call us at Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY at (631) 399-1600.