OrthodonticsOrthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of your teeth. Many people suffer from a malocclusion, which simply means that their teeth are out of alignment. If your teeth overlap of if they are unevenly space, you have a malocclusion. The same is true if your upper and lower teeth do not fit together the way they are supposed to. Orthodontics can be used to correct these imperfections. This is generally done using braces and retainers. Young children may also need the aid of a functional appliance to make sure their jaw develops correctly.
Orthodontic care is generally provided by an orthodontist and can be costly depending upon the extent of your malocclusion. Invisalign is a system for orthodontically straightening teeth using a series of clear “shells” (aligners) that snap over your teeth. We begin your treatment by creating a very accurate digital model of your mouth. We then diagnose, do
a treatment plans, and straighten your teeth on a computer using a mouse instead of pliers and wires. Once the result is exactly as we desire, we send the digital prescription to a manufacturing facility where a series of aligners is constructed that will move your teeth little by little until they are straight. The number of aligners (and the length of treatment) is determined by how crooked your teeth are. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next one. Your teeth will still get sore as the same biological responses are called into play. The biggest advantages of Invisalign are that you can take them out to eat and brush and no one will know you are undergoing treatment. The biggest disadvantage is that if you don’t wear your aligners, your teeth won’t get straight.