Invisalign® Q & A
Why Use Invisalign?
Achieving straight teeth is no longer just about having a beautiful smile, it is also about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A beautiful smile can also help you gain confidence and open the door to new opportunities!
Straightening teeth also increases your overall health. Periodontal disease affects gums and bone supporting your teeth and has been linked to bacteria found in the mouth. Straight teeth are easier to clean and therefore the risk of periodontal disease is decreased. Periodontal health or lack thereof has been linked to other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, increased blood pressure, increased chance of stroke, and increased chance of heart attack. The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease has also been linked to reproductive health issues such as premature pregnancies with low birth weights and even more complications for those who suffer from diabetes.
Misaligned teeth create difficult to reach areas when tending to oral hygiene. These difficult to reach areas are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria even if the individual is careful to brush and floss teeth. The Invisalign treatment shifts teeth into the correct positions causing teeth to meet and align properly, therefore, reducing crevices where bacteria colonies can flourish.
Therefore, teeth alignment is not just a step towards meeting a cosmetic goal, it’s also a step toward taking control of your health by reducing contributing factors to cardiovascular diseases and reproductive health complications.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign treatment consists of wearing a series of custom clear aligners that are replaced bi-weekly. With each clear aligner, Dr. Donia is able to slowly and precisely shift your teeth into the optimal position that will result in a gorgeous smile. Invisalign is a treatment that is completely designed for your unique needs. One of the main advantages of Invisalign is that it does not interfere with your everyday life! Invisalign aligners are completely removable which makes brushing and flossing your teeth a breeze. You will also be able to continue indulging in your favorite snacks of choice including gum and popcorn. The Invisalign clear aligners are also comfortable since they do not have any brackets or wires that can cut into gums and other soft tissue.
Will Invisalign Work for Me?
Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of issues related to teeth alignment:
-Overly crowded teeth: This occurs where the jaw lacks the necessary room to allow the teeth to fit normally. Left untreated, the condition can lead to decay and gum disease, and prevent the normal function of the teeth.
-Widely spaced teeth: This condition occurs when the jaw bone has overgrown, or teeth are missing, and remaining teeth begin to shift into the open spaces. Left untreated, it increases the risk of developing periodontal diseases.
-Crossbites/Overbites/Underbites: This case is when the upper and lower parts of the jaw do not meet up properly. This can lead to a protrusion of the upper or lower portion of the jaw, affecting the face profile. Left untreated, these bites that are off, will not allow the patient to chew or occlude properly and therefore cause discomfort.
Dr. Donia is an elite provider of Invisalign due to his extensive experience with the treatment and has helped many of his patients create the straight and beautiful smile they always longed for. If you think one of the above conditions describes your situation, take the first step toward enhancing your smile and improving your own health by consulting with Dr. Donia about Invisalign.
Can Adults Use Invisalign?
Invisalign is perfect for adults because it is virtually invisible and nobody will notice you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Donia has treated many adult patients with Invisalign and they are happy to report wonderful results with virtually no changes to their everyday routine.
Comprehensive treatments – a solution worth smiling about
Sometimes Dr. Donia will incorporate Invisalign into a treatment plan for porcelain veneers or other restorative work.
Why would you want to do both Invisalign and Veneers?
Since everyone’s mouth is different, Dr. Donia is committed to offering customized treatment solutions. While some patients may benefit from instant orthodontics with veneers, that isn’t always the case. Invisalign can treat underlying health issues of the teeth and gums and prepare a solid foundation for more extensive restorative work. Only an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Donia can give you a proper evaluation to find the solution that will achieve the best results for You.