Invisalign - Boston, MA
An Attractive Solution
for Crowded Teeth
Tooth crowding is a common orthodontic problem that can cause a number of issues -- both cosmetic and functional -- which, over time, may threaten your oral and overall health. The good news is that Invisalign offers a wonderful solution for tooth crowding as well as a number of other orthodontic issues. Keep reading to find out more about how this clear braces treatment can straighten out crowded teeth in particular, and whether or not you may be a candidate for Invisalign in Boston.
Issues with Crowded Teeth
Healthy teeth line up side-by-side in the gum line. When the teeth are too close together, a number of related issues can develop.
First of all, crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean. Food particles and bacteria can easily build up, increasing your risk of bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Misaligned teeth in general can also lead to teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which places undue pressure on the tooth enamel and can eventually cause it to wear away. Lastly, there is the overall cosmetic effect to consider -- visibly crowded teeth can often take away from their natural beauty, which may cause you to hide your smile.
How Invisalign Helps
Fortunately, there are a number of indications for Invisalign -- including for crowded teeth. It works using a series of clear, customized aligners that fit tightly around the teeth, placing focused pressure on different areas of the bite as the treatment proceeds. The teeth are gradually repositioned over the course of one to two years, depending on the particulars of your treatment plan.
Once the Invisalign treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer through most of the day for six months to a year before you can move to nightly wear only. The retainer will be clear, just like the Invisalign aligners, and it will keep your teeth side-by-side -- just where they should be -- for years to come!
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
If you could benefit from traditional braces, chances are excellent that you are a good candidate for Invisalign as well. Teens and adults alike can use Invisalign clear braces. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with our office. During this appointment, our team will carefully examine your teeth, take x-rays and photographs of your oral cavity, and put together a treatment plan that will suit you and your smile best.
Your cosmetic dentist in Boston is here to help you love your smile with the help of Invisalign!