A bright smile with straight teeth is the ultimate boost to self-confidence. Many people do not like the idea of metal braces, which must be constantly adjusted and require a lengthy time commitment. Metal braces also irritate the mouth, and the person wearing them must follow a restricted diet. Oral hygiene can prove challenging, leading to bad breath and tooth discoloration. Invisalign is an option that can help people bypass many of these issues and get the perfect smile they have always wanted.

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-fitted and changed every 14 days. Over time, the aligners gently move teeth into new positions, giving the same results as wire braces without the discomfort or embarrassment that often accompanies them. The aligners can be removed for cleaning and to allow the person to properly brush and floss the teeth. Using Invisalign requires no dietary restrictions, which makes the braces experience much easier for the user.

What Conditions Does Invisalign Treat?

Many dental issues can be corrected by using Invisalign. The following list explains common tooth problems and why it is important to treat them.

• Overbite and underbite. These conditions occur when the bite is misaligned, causing the top teeth to bite over the bottom teeth and vice versa. It is caused by bone overgrowth, poor oral habits or genetics. Left untreated, bite problems can result in gum irritation, jaw pain and tooth wear.

• Gapped teeth. When the jawbone grows abnormally, the result can be gapped teeth. This condition also occurs when there are missing teeth, causing the remaining teeth to shift position. Gapped teeth present an increased risk of gum problems and pockets of periodontal disease.

• Overcrowded teeth. Teeth become crowded when there is insufficient space for them. When this condition is not treated, it leads to crooked teeth, excessive plaque and tooth decay. All of these problems can set a person up for disease and possible tooth loss.

Recent improvements in the Invisalign system allow for elastics to be used, which are helpful in correcting severe bite problems.

How to Get Invisalign

The first step is finding a doctor who has Invisalign training and experience. This process may require researching several qualified doctors before calling and making an appointment. Teenagers may need to see an Invisalign provider who specializes in the needs of that age group. Once a doctor has been chosen, the treatment process can begin with a detailed plan and a virtual demonstration of how the teeth will be moved. Most insurance carriers cover the cost of Invisalign, up to $3,500. If insurance coverage is not an option, many doctors offer low-interest payment plans.

TLC Dentistry, Dentist Office in Salinas, CA

The caring staff at TLC Dentistry in Salinas has the knowledge and experience to help patients get the best results from Invisalign treatment. This modern practice offers patients chartless records and flexible payment plans, including discounts for cash and pre-payment of services.