Misaligned teeth can do more than leave you feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Over time, the unhealthy relationship between multiple teeth in your bite pattern can also leave you at an increased risk of suffering from chipped tooth enamel, multiple dental fractures, and possible complications from dental attrition.
Once tooth enamel has been compromised in this way, the affected teeth could be at an increased risk of suffering from severe tooth decay. This could require additional treatments, such as dental fillings or dental crown restorations.
If you only have minor deviations in the alignment of your teeth, an orthodontist like Dr. Constance Brown might be able to correct the problem by treating your smile with Invisalign®. This popular brand of clear plastic aligners will be designed to gradually correct the position of your misaligned teeth.
During your Invisalign® treatment, you will receive a different set of custom aligners every two weeks. Each one will gradually move your teeth a little closer to their ideal alignment until you have achieved your ideal smile.
The process of fitting you for Invisalign® aligners starts with Dr. Constance Brown examining your teeth to determine the number of aligners you will need to correct them. Then, she will prepare a detailed impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a special Invisalign® laboratory, where orthodontic technicians will develop a series of custom aligner trays.
You will need to wear your Invisalign® aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day to maximize the realignment effect. With proper use, you should expect to meet your alignment goals with three to four sets of aligners.
If you are in the Vancouver and Camas, Washington, area, and if you are interested in Invisalign®, you should call 360-256-7220 to set up a consultation appointment.