Do you want to have straighter teeth and a more attractive smile, but dread the prospect of wearing metal braces for years? Do you shudder at the thought of the pain and discomfort, “metal mouth” appearance, and the sacrifices you would have to make – including, chips, popcorn, bagels, pizza, apples, and corn-on-the-cob, to name a few? If so, you will be happy to know that, for many people, our San Fernando, Eagle Rock & Santa Clarita Invisalign clear aligners can straighten teeth for a beautiful smile with a much more pleasant treatment experience than with metal braces.
Our Santa Clarita dentists at A New Smile Dental Group use Invisalign and ClearCorrect aligners rather than metal brackets and wires to correct flaws such as misaligned teeth, gaps, turned teeth, overbite, or underbite. Our methods have many advantages over metal braces, including fewer office visits and, in some cases, shorter treatment times.
Metal wires and brackets may have served their purpose in their time, but we employ newer and better treatment methods in our dental group. Invisalign clear aligners offer many benefits for our patients, including:
- Virtually invisible: If you want to straighten your teeth, you are more than likely hoping for a more attractive smile. Wires and brackets on your teeth are uncomfortable, unattractive, and require many appointments, often for several years. With the Invisalign method, you can straighten your teeth with almost invisible plastic aligners that are comfortable and slowly shift teeth into place.
- Comfortable treatment: These aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic. They are much less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks than sharp traditional wire braces.
- Eat the foods you enjoy: Invisalign aligners are easily removable. You remove them before you eat, which means you can eat whatever you like, with no restrictions and no worry about getting food stuck in wires and brackets.
- Better oral hygiene: Because the aligners can be easily removed, you can continue to brush and floss normally, for better oral hygiene and periodontal health. To clean your aligners, you can use a convenient cleaning system from the manufacturer, or simply brush and rinse in lukewarm water.
- Saves you time: When you straighten your teeth with Invisalign, you only need to visit our office every 4 to 6 weeks.
- Effective correction: Invisalign aligners can effectively correct a variety of dental problems, including spacing, crowding, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. Request an appointment at A New Smile Dental Group. Our dentists can tell you if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment for you.
Health Benefits of Orthodontics
Clearly, straighter teeth can give you a more radiant smile and improve your appearance, but there are also health reasons for a more beautiful smile. Crooked, misaligned teeth can increase the risk of:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Thermo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Chronic teeth grinding
Teeth that are too widely spaced or too crowded can result in irritated, red, swollen gums. The gums fit more securely around properly aligned teeth, providing a better defense against periodontal problems. An incorrectly aligned bite can also cause wear on tooth enamel, chewing and speech difficulties, and problems with the jaw.
Studies have shown that oral infections from poorly aligned teeth and other causes can contribute to serious health conditions, such as difficulty in managing diabetes, or leading to stroke, heart disease, or pneumonia. For many people, straightening and aligning the teeth with Invisalign can bring about improved overall body health.
What Dental Problems Can Be Treated with Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are designed to treat a variety of conditions, from mildly crooked or protruding teeth to overbite, underbite, and serious malocclusion (problems in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together). Our talented dentists provide exceptional dental care, and treat a range of dental problems with clear plastic Invisalign aligners, including:
- Overcrowding: If there is simply not enough room in your jaw for all your teeth to fit properly, they turn and twist, or push forward or backward in the jaw. If left untreated, overcrowding can get worse over time and lead to accumulation of plaque, tooth decay, and increased risk of gum disease.
- Gapped teeth: This condition can occur when teeth are missing, or when the jawbone grows abnormally, or due to heredity. Gaps between the teeth can lead to problems with the gums, periodontal pockets, and periodontal disease.
- Underbite: Lower teeth protruding past the front teeth can be caused by missing upper teeth, or by undergrowth of the upper jaw or overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. This condition can prevent normal tooth function, lead to wear of the teeth, and cause discomfort due to problems with the jaw and joints.
- Overbite: When the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth, the condition is known as “overbite” or “overjet” in the dental community. It can be caused by genetics, overdevelopment of the bone, or bad oral habits. If left untreated, it can lead to irritation, gum problems, wear on the lower teeth, and jaw and joint problems.
- Open bite: With an open bite, some teeth in the mouth are unable to make contact with opposing teeth. This condition is typically caused by genetics or excessive thumb sucking, and it can result in speech impairment, painful chewing, and TMJ disorder (jaw hinge does not function correctly, causing discomfort).
- Crossbite: When both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, crossbite can occur — a dental condition in which some of the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth, at the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This can lead to wear of the teeth, bone loss, and gum disease.
Invisalign in Santa Clarita
Evenly-spaced, straight teeth that are properly aligned can greatly improve your appearance and benefit your overall health. If you have uneven teeth and want a more attractive smile, request an appointment with an invisalign dentist at A New Smile Dental Group today.
We use plastic aligners, including Invisalign and ClearCorrect, to give our patients straighter teeth without the pain, discomfort, and appearance of metal braces. Our Santa Clarita dentists provide individual patient care and high-quality modern dentistry at affordable prices.