When teeth are too close together, they can overlap each other or sit at odd angles. This can give the appearance of crowding, and it can make it hard to remain confident in your smile. While issues with malocclusion are often addressed during childhood, adults can develop problems after their teeth shift, or because the arrival of their wisdom teeth pushed in their teeth. Your Sheridan, WY dentist’s office is prepared to help you if you wish to do something about visible crowding. Through the use of Invisalign aligners, we can gradually change the spacing of your smile so that your teeth are evenly aligned. Unlike metal braces, which are permanently bonded to teeth for the duration of treatment, Invisalign appliances can be easily removed at times when they might be in your way. You can also appreciate how difficult it is to see them when they are in place!
How Malocclusion Impacts Your Oral Health
Poorly aligned smiles can impact more than just someone’s confidence. If your teeth overlap, it becomes more difficult to fully clean them. If you are having a hard time reaching and cleaning certain spaces, it can be harder to prevent the buildup of tartar. As this happens, your risk for problems with tooth decay and gum disease go up. You can also have a tougher time sticking to a comfortable bite if your teeth are not properly aligned. If this is the case, you can start to experience pain and sensitivity in your face and jaw, or even chronic headaches, from TMJ disorder.
Beginning Treatment With Invisalign
With Invisalign appliances, you can gradually improve your smile by straightening teeth that overlap, or those that are too far apart. An initial appointment will see your dentist measure your teeth in order to design the appliances and your procedure. Once your appliances are ready, you can begin wearing them throughout the day to gradually make corrections and resolve problems with malocclusion. You should keep them in place as often as possible, though you are certainly encouraged to take them out whenever you need to clean your teeth or eat!
Other Approaches To Restoring A Smile With Spacing Issues
In some cases, it may be possible to directly address overlapping teeth by placing porcelain veneers. The veneers can cover spacing issues and make your smile look more symmetrical and attractive. In addition to making your results available more quickly, this approach will help you restore problems with the shape, size, and color of teeth.
Talk To Your Sheridan, WY Dentist About Invisalign
At our Sheridan, WY dentist’s office, patients who want to do something about poor teeth spacing can learn the benefits of treatment with Invisalign. If you have questions about this procedure, or any other service we can provide, please contact Grinnell Street Dental at 307-672-7567.