Do you have a problem with your bite that your need treatment to correct? If so, there are many common problems Invisalign can fix, and Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics in Charlotte is ready to provide you with the treatment you need. All you need to do is schedule a free consultation to start on your path to a better smile.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear removable aligners made of multiple layers of medical-grade plastic. Since the introduction of Invisalign in 1998, it has become one of the most popular treatments in the world with millions of patients. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces without major lifestyle changes such as dietary restrictions.
These clear aligners make eating and cleaning easier because they are removable. They are also virtually invisible so even your friends and family may not realize you are wearing them.
How Does Invisalign Work?
A complimentary consultation allows Dr. Webb to thoroughly examine your teeth and jaws to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. An iTero scanner creates a digital model of your teeth from which your aligners are custom-made just for you.
Invisalign works by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment over a period of time. You wear the aligners for 22 hours a day and switch to a new set every two weeks to begin a new stage of shifting. You will feel some discomfort when first using the aligners and when beginning every new set, but this is normal because pressure is being put on your teeth to move them.
Once your treatment with Invisalign is complete, you will need to wear a retainer.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Treatment with Invisalign typically takes around 12-15 months to complete. However, treatment time can be shorter or longer depending on the severity of your misalignment, your age, and how well your teeth respond to treatment. Failure to wear Invisalign consistently for 22 hours a day will also impact the length of your treatment.
What Common Problems Can Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign once could only fix minor problems, but advancements in technology have adapted the aligners to the point that they can now fix more complex problems as well. The common problems Invisalign can fix include:
An overbite is when your upper teeth overlap your bottom teeth.
An underbite is when your bottom teeth overlap your upper teeth.
- Open Bite
Your upper and lower teeth do not meet when you close your mouth.
Some of your teeth are closing in front of the others.
Your teeth may not have enough space and end up growing crooked or overlapping other teeth.
Maybe your teeth have too much space and you end up with gaps between them.
Whether due to overcrowding, genetics, or another cause, some of your teeth may not be as straight as they should be.
- Jaw Misalignment
Invisalign can correct jaw misalignments but orthognathic surgery is often necessary for complex cases.
You may not even realize you have any of these problems, but there are signs you should look out for that could indicate an issue that needs treatment.
- Trouble chewing food properly
- Damage to the teeth and gums
- Painful chewing or biting
- Breathing issues
- Speech impediments
- Change to a person’s appearance
Are There Problems That Invisalign Cannot Fix?
While Invisalign can fix many problems, there are just some problems that Invisalign cannot fix.
- Severe cases of overbite and underbite
Cases of overbite and underbite that are too severe will be too difficult to correct. You will likely need braces instead of Invisalign.
- Rotated teeth
Overcrowding can cause a tooth to rotate in the socket. If it rotates more than 20 degrees, Invisalign won’t be able to fix it properly.
- Large gaps
Smaller gaps between teeth are a problem that Invisalign can fix, but larger gaps cannot always be closed.
- Intrusion and Extrusion
To move a tooth higher or lower in your mouth, traditional braces are the best course of action.
In addition, patients whose teeth are smaller than normal may not be suitable candidates for Invisalign. Patients who have a dental bridge may also not be suitable candidates. And patients who have cavities and other dental issues need treatment for them first before using Invisalign.
Despite these limitations, the benefits of Invisalign make the treatment worth it.
Can I Switch To Braces?
If you are finding it difficult to keep up with Invisalign or the treatment is not working for you, you can easily make the switch to braces.
What Is The Cost Of Invisalign?
Invisalign costs around $3,500 to $8,000. The price depends on the severity of your condition, your location, length of treatment, and the experience of your orthodontist. However, don’t let the price scare you away. It’s similar to the cost braces and Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics offers low monthly payment plans that fit just about any budget. Furthermore, dental insurance usually covers at least part of the cost. Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics will gladly help you file insurance claims.
Is There A Difference Between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen is the same treatment as Invisalign for adults, only with a couple of minor differences. The first difference is that Invisalign Teen comes with extra aligners at no extra cost. After all, teens often lose or damage them.
The most significant difference is a blue dot on the aligners that fades away the more your teen wears them. If the blue dot is visible, it’s time to remind your teen to wear their aligners more often so they do not incur setbacks to their treatment that could result in the need for them to wear braces instead.
Contact Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics Today!
Webb & Goldsmith Orthodontics is a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider. We proudly serve Charlotte and surrounding communities in North Carolina. It’s easy to find out if Invisalign can help you. Simply fill out an online form and include five pictures of your teeth and our Diamond Plus orthodontists will review them and contact you. We are accepting new patients and we look forward to helping you get the smile you have always wanted. To make an appointment, call our office at (704) 364-7343 today!