Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
Invisalign provides an outstanding teeth straightening option for patients who don’t want to deal with the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces.
Many San Mateo area patients have questions about what Invisalign can accomplish for them. Some frequently asked questions are listed below. If you don’t see your question below, then contact our office and speak to one of our helpful team members today.
What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and resolution of problems with the teeth and jaw. Any patient with crooked or misaligned teeth can see an orthodontist who will consider all of the available options and design a unique treatment plan to fix the patient’s smile.
Why Pursue Treatment for Crooked Teeth?
Aside from the aesthetic reasons in which a patient simply wants a well-aligned, attractive smile, there are health reasons why it’s recommended to repair crooked teeth as well. Many times, the problem of crooked teeth will go beyond affecting a patient’s looks, and can begin to push other teeth out of their normal positions. This can make it difficult when biting and chewing, and can wreak havoc in the mouth in other ways.
How Can Invisalign Realign Your Teeth?
Using sets of customized aligners, Invisalign can improve the symmetry of your front teeth, vastly enhancing your smile. To do so, the patient has to wear their aligner for the required amount of time, before switching to a slightly tighter one. As they grow accustomed to each progressively tighter aligner, their teeth adapt, becoming noticeably straighter by the end of the Invisalign treatment.
What is the Recommended Age for Your Child to Use Invisalign?
While some form of orthodontic treatment can occur at any age, it’s generally recommended that a child be at least seven years old before coming in for Invisalign. Seeking orthodontic treatment early is an excellent plan since children’s teeth are easier to correct as they’re still growing.
Is Invisalign Always Better than Metal Braces?
No, in fact, some patients will benefit more from traditional metal braces. Invisalign is great for improving the alignment of the front teeth that are visible when you smile, but for more extensive straightening, metal braces may be the more effective option. It’s important to thoroughly express your goals to Dr. Powers so the appropriate treatment is recommended.
Contact Dr. Powers and Dr. Powers for Invisalign Treatment
Do you live in the San Mateo, CA area and have grown tired of crooked or misaligned teeth? Then Invisalign could be the solution that you are looking for. To learn more, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. T. Jeff Powers and Dr. Diana C. Powers today.