If you are like many of our other La Jolla patients, you’re interested in Invisalign because it is a discrete, proven method for straightening crooked teeth. Unlike braces that include metal brackets and wires, Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that you wear on your teeth every day. Not only are they a low profile solution for teeth straightening, but you can also remove them when you eat, take photos, or attend special occasions so that nobody knows you are having your teeth worked on.
While many La Jolla patients know that Invisalign is an excellent solution for straightening and realigning teeth, they come to Dr. Winter to ask if the technology can also be used to close spaces between teeth or gaps. The answer is yes! Read on to learn more about how this product works, and how it may be the right choice for you.
We’ve already covered that Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that you wear on your teeth. They’re removable so that they can be taken out during certain daily activities, events or occasions. What you might not know is that when you choose Invisalign, you will be consistently receiving a new set of aligners to gradually move and straighten your teeth. Depending on the crowding and spacing between your teeth, you may have several sets of these aligners during your treatment period.
Since they were introduced, Invisalign has been used by millions of patients, including many La Jolla residents who see Dr. Winter for their dentistry needs.
Why Is It Important to Address Misaligned Teeth?
Some La Jolla residents think that straightening their teeth is merely for cosmetic purposes. That simply isn’t the case. Straightening your teeth adds to your overall oral health. If your teeth are misaligned or malpositioned, it can be harder for you to clean between them, leading to plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Other dental problems can also occur from misaligned teeth. If your teeth are angled inward, they take on greater stress when you bite down. Additionally, overlapped teeth can cause wear and tear, and friction. Both inward angled and overlapped teeth can lead to muscle fatigue, headaches, and tooth damage. Invisalign is often a recommended solution for all of these dental issues.
Moving Forward with Invisalign
If together, you and Dr. Winter decide that Invisalign is the best treatment option for your smile, you will have 3D images taken of your teeth. These images, which are completely painless, will enable us to have custom aligners created for you. After your treatment period when your teeth are properly aligned, you may continue to wear a clear retainer to keep your teeth in their new, proper position.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, then don’t delay, call our La Jolla office today at (858) 454-1500.