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What Alignment Flaws can Invisalign® Correct?

What Alignment Flaws can Invisalign® Correct?

Invisalign® has completely changed the way many people see the tooth straightening process, allowing men, women, and teens to achieve the smile of their dreams without years stuck in metal braces and wires. To date, more than 10 million people have corrected their teeth with clear aligners, and you could be next. 

At the dental practice of Dr. Soheir S. Azer in Newport Beach, California, Invisalign is one option for people seeking straighter, more even teeth. Whether or not you’re a good candidate for clear aligner treatment will depend on how severe your alignment flaws are. 

How Invisalign works

Invisalign uses customized aligner trays made of a thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. This helps them adhere closely to the surfaces of your teeth, so you can smile and talk normally without the aligners shifting. 

Dr. Azer maps the progress your teeth will have to make to reach the desired position. Then she orders your aligners. Each set puts a small amount of pressure on your teeth, moving them incrementally towards their final place in your mouth. 

Common alignment flaws Invisalign can correct

Invisalign can help correct a wide range of alignment flaws, such as:

Invisalign can also remediate bite issues, including:   

If you have one of these issues, Invisalign might be perfect for you. However, for extremely severe cases of jaw misalignment, impacted teeth, or teeth that are extremely far out of line, another orthodontic route might be better. 

Getting started with Invisalign

Dr. Azer will do a comprehensive review of your teeth, jaw, and mouth to make sure you’re a good candidate before taking scans and ordering your set of invisible aligners. Once they arrive, she’ll go over how to wear, clean, and store your aligners. 

Invisalign treatments can be completed in as little as six months for minor alignment flaws. Most patients find that their alignment is finished in 12-18 months. It’s critical to use your aligners correctly and follow the guidelines. You will wear your aligners 20-22 hours every day, only taking them out to eat and do oral hygiene.

If you don’t wear your aligners properly, the process can take a lot longer and even stall completely. Your teeth need constant pressure day in and day out to shift them into the correct position. If you can’t discipline yourself to wear them for 22 hours out of every 24, traditional braces might be better for you. 

Interested in Invisalign? Call our office at 949-274-7233 or request an appointment online.

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