Did you know that smiling can help you reduce stress, boost your mood, improve your immune system and prolong your life?
But, if you have crowded teeth, you may feel too self-conscious about how your smile looks and avoid this beneficial habit.
That's where orthodontic treatment can help.
If you don't want to wear metal braces, you may want to know if Invisalign can fix crowded teeth.
Here's what you need to know.
Crowded teeth are more common than you may think and they usually happen because there wasn't enough space in the mouth for all of your teeth to grow properly. Several factors can affect the development of your teeth, such as genetics, abnormal tooth development or thumb sucking.
Jaw misalignment can also cause your teeth to become crowded and overlap. This can be caused by genetics, injury, or other factors.
While crowded teeth may not necessarily cause pain or discomfort, they can lead to a variety of dental problems if left untreated. Because it can be more difficult to brush your teeth properly when they overlap, you are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Crowded teeth can also cause problems with your bite and lead to chewing or speaking problems. Depending on how severe the problem is, crowded teeth can even lead to jaw pain and difficulty opening and closing the mouth.
Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment. The fact that the trays are transparent and you can take them off when eating, brushing, and flossing make Invisalign very comfortable and convenient.
While Invisalign can help with a variety of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, the effectiveness of the treatment depends on the severity of the problem. Severe cases of dental crowding, for example, usually require more intensive treatment, such as traditional metal braces or surgical intervention.
Invisalign works by applying constant pressure on your teeth, enabling them to slowly move into their correct position.
The aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth and you will need to replace them every two weeks, depending on the progress of your treatment.
It's vital that you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day and only remove them for eating, brushing, and flossing. Otherwise, the success and length of the treatment might suffer.
If you want to learn if Invisalign can help fix your crowded teeth and give you the straight and beautiful smile you always wanted, the team at Dental Home Family Dentistry can help you find out the answer.
Send us a message online to book your appointment and ask all your questions about Invisalign. You can also call us at (602) 863-3000 for a short chat.