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Is Invisalign a Treatment Option for Malocclusions?
April 25, 2012
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Traditionally, orthodontic treatment is viewed as an uncomfortable, difficult, long-term ordeal mostly prescribed for adolescents. However, more adults are now seeking orthodontic treatment to correct problems that have gone untreated. Among these problems are crooked, crowded or widely spaced teeth, and malocclusions. [pullquote]Invisalign uses plastic trays to gradually move your teeth into position.[/pullquote]

Treating Malocclusion with Invisalign

A malocclusion is a misaligned bite. The upper and lower teeth do not meet each other properly. If not treated, malocclusion can lead to abnormal wear and tear, grinding or clenching, or problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMD disorder).

Malocclusion can be treated with Invisalign in some cases. However, in other cases traditional braces are a more appropriate option. A consultation with our Invisalign dentist will help determine if this is a good treatment choice for your individual goals. The dentist will evaluate your bite, determine proper alignment, and make a recommendation for treatment that will give you the best possible results, whether this is Invisalign, traditional orthodontics, or another treatment

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign uses plastic trays to gradually move your teeth into position. These trays take the place of the metal braces and tension bands used in traditional orthodontic treatment. Each tray is shaped slightly differently from the previous tray. This change in shape moves your teeth a small amount while you wear the appliance.

Each Invisalign tray is worn for about two weeks. After four to six weeks, you should start to see a visible difference in your teeth. Because you can remove the trays from time to time, it is easier to see your results than it is with braces.

A typical treatment with Invisalign can take from twelve to twenty-four months, giving the treatment a timeline similar to that of traditional braces. After you reach the final tray, which eases your teeth into their final, optimal position, you will need to wear a retainer according to your dentist’s recommendations to ensure your teeth remain in their final position.

To find out if Invisalign is a good treatment option for your malocclusion, please contact Hinsdale Dentistry at 630-323-4468 for an appointment or consultation.