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Treating Misalignment With Clear Orthodontics

When you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, this misalignment could have a negative impact on your smile. However, we can offer a solution to uneven teeth with Invisalign®, which uses clear aligners instead of metal braces. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about treating misalignment with clear braces.

The Causes and Risks of Misalignment

Dental misalignment can occur due to the premature loss of baby teeth, or the impaction of permanent teeth. Issues with the growth and development of your jaw could be a factor too, as could childhood habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Regardless of the cause, your uneven teeth could lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as your smile is now more difficult to thoroughly brush and floss. Bite imbalance and jaw joint strain from your misalignment could also lead to a higher risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You may also simply feel embarrassed regarding your appearance, which impacts your quality of life. Correcting your smile with clear Invisalign® aligners could offer relief and an improved appearance!

The Invisalign® System

How do we correct smiles with clear plastic aligners? To begin, you will wear a set of these custom plastic aligners for about 20 to 22 hours a day. You do this for about two weeks, at which point you start wearing the next set in the series. This process is repeated for about a year for adults, or up to 18 months for teens, with the exact time depending on the extent of your misalignment. In that time, you can remove them before you eat so you don’t have to alter your diet, and being removable also makes brushing and flossing much simpler too! There are fewer office visits and the total treatment time is usually significantly shorter than if you were wearing braces.

Creating Clear Orthodontics

The key to the comfort and precision of treatment is the fact that each set is custom-made for your smile. We create them by gathering detailed digital images of your teeth from multiple angles, and then combining them into a 3D computer impression. The precision allows experts in a lab setting to design and craft your finished product. You then start your journey to an even and beautiful smile. If you have any questions about the Invisalign® system, or if you would like to start correcting your malocclusion, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help you smile with confidence!

Your Katy, TX, Dentist Provides a Clear Smile Correction

Our team is eager to help you enjoy a straighter smile with a cosmetic treatment option. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information or to schedule your appointment.