Invisalign is an orthodontic solution that straightens teeth with clear, removable aligners. At Michael McMahon, DDS, the aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth and can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and other normal daily activities. Many patients choose Invisalign because the aligners are virtually invisible when worn. Additionally, treatment is typically more comfortable than traditional braces because there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate the mouth. Invisalign can correct common orthodontic problems such as overbites, underbites, open bites, crowding, gaps between teeth, and crossbites.
What Problems Can Invisalign Correct?
Invisalign creates a series of custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth and gradually move them to their ideal position. They’re made of clear, hard plastic, making them virtually invisible when worn. Each aligner should be worn for two weeks before switching to the next one in the series.
Invisalign can be used for teeth straightening and bite correction. If you have gaps between your teeth or crowded teeth, Invisalign can straighten them. If you have a crossbite, underbite, overbite, or open bite, you can use Invisalign to correct it. Also, if you have crooked teeth and want them straightened but don’t want braces, Invisalign may be a good solution. To get your teeth as straight as possible with Invisalign, patients usually need to get their aligners for at least 22 hours daily.
The Benefits of Invisalign
- As an alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign involves clear aligners that are easy to remove. The aligners are virtually invisible and comfortable, so you don’t have to worry about a mouth full of sharp metal brackets for months or years.
- Invisalign aligners are removable, so it’s easy to maintain your oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment. Remove the aligners when brushing, flossing, and rinsing so you can continue keeping your teeth strong and healthy with minimal interruption in your regular care routine.
- Your diet won’t be too impacted by using Invisalign. If you remove your aligners before eating, you can continue enjoying your favorite foods and beverages without issue. Just brush your teeth before applying the aligners again to prevent bacteria from building up in the tray and affecting your oral health.
- One of the benefits of Invisalign is that it’s incredibly safe to use as it only moves the teeth it’s supposed to move. Traditional orthodontic methods can cause harm to gums and supporting tissues if they don’t fit properly or aren’t used correctly during treatment. This doesn’t happen with Invisalign, as the trays are custom-fitted for each patient to ensure they’re comfortable and practical!
If you’re unhappy with your smile in any way but you don’t want to put metal braces on your teeth for an extended period, then Invisalign is an excellent option to consider. To learn more about Invisalign, contact Michael McMahon, DDS, at 3405 Kenyon Street, Suite 510, San Diego 92110, or call (619) 223-7189.