Beautiful mouths with straight teeth that line up correctly and fit together in a comfortable, attractive way are rarely natural. Our real teeth grow unevenly, protrude in unplanned directions, and are aggravated by oral habits. Genetics and childhood thumb-sucking combine to create our awkward bites and crooked teeth. Those awkward bites are called malocclusions.
What is a malocclusion?
A malocclusion is an imperfect fit between the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). Malocclusions range from minor to severe, and different intensities require very different treatments. If you have a significant overbite or underbite, it is likely that your Lifetime Dental Spa dentist will recommend an orthodontist to determine your bite correction plan.
Tell me about alternative orthodontics like Invisalign.
Modern dental technologies have provided alternatives to traditional orthodontics. Conventional metal braces involve years of treatment and a significant alteration to your bite. If you have a minor malocclusion, you don’t need to undergo the stress, length of time, and oral hardware that braces require. You’ll experience all the benefits of a straighter smile, without the same orthodontics frustration. Orthodontics alternatives offered here at Lifetime Dental Spa Dentistry include Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.
Call Lifetime Dental Spa and schedule your complimentary consultation for Invisalign (224) 419-7095.
How does Invisalign work? Is Invisalign right for me?
If you have crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, or several crooked teeth, Invisalign will correct the problem without impacting your life. The Invisalign system consists of a series of custom-made clear trays that shift your teeth without obstructing your smile. These trays are completely removable and nearly imperceptible when in use. They are built from three-dimensional digital images taken of your mouth, so that every angle is visible to Invisalign technicians and your Lifetime Dental Spa dentist. As your teeth shift, you will visit your dentist regularly and receive new sets of straightening clear braces. This way, both you and your dentist are able to monitor your progress.
How do I care for my teeth during my Invisalign treatment?
Excellent oral care is both easy and important to maintain during your Invisalign treatment, as the trays can trap bacteria against your teeth. Just an incentive to improve your brushing and flossing! It’s far easier to care for your teeth with Invisalign than when they are trapped behind the brackets and wires of traditional orthodontics – simply remove your Invisalign trays and floss and brush normally. Intrigued by Invisalign? Still unconvinced? Have you heard that the entire process only takes eight months to one year? Or heard rumors about Invisalign Express, a process that only takes about 2 months? We’d like to tell you about it. Schedule a free consultation with our Lifetime Dental Spa Dentists to discover what these revolutionary removable clear orthodontics could do for your smile.