Invisalign in Walnut Creek, CA
Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign
Are you interested in straightening your teeth? Dr. Mark Maher is a certified Invisalign provider and can help you have the flawless, beautiful, healthy smile you’ve been dreaming of without the need for a mouth full of metal brackets and wires.
If you’ve been putting off straightening your teeth because the prospect of metal braces, brackets, and wires has you thinking the cure is worse than the condition, it’s time to reconsider. Invisalign is practically invisible; most people will never know you are wearing your aligners. Because you remove your aligners to eat, you don’t have to be limited in what type of food you choose to enjoy.
You also remove your Invisalign aligners to clean them, which means you don’t have to struggle with trying to brush and floss around brackets and wires. Because the brackets associated with braces are so difficult to properly clean around, many people find that once the braces are off, they are left with permanent marks on their enamel because of plaque buildup around the brackets. Invisalign allows you to completely avoid this problem so once treatment is complete, you are left with nothing but beautiful teeth.
Dr. Maher will create a treatment plan that is right for you, and you will receive a set of several aligners when you begin your treatment. Instead of having to constantly return to the office to have wires tightened, you simply switch to the next aligner on a set schedule. Dr. Maher will still need to see you occasionally to make sure your treatment is going well, but not as frequently as traditional braces would require.
Problems Caused by Crooked Teeth
When your teeth are crooked and crowded, it is much more difficult to brush and floss them properly. This puts your mouth at more risk for decay and gum disease, which has been linked to significant health concerns including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and reproductive difficulties.
Sometimes crooked teeth cause your jaws to line up incorrectly. When this happens, you may have difficulty chewing certain foods. Additionally, this causes extra stress to occur elsewhere in your mouth, which can lead to pain, erosion, and even fracturing of your teeth. You may also experience pain in your jaws or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as your body tries to compensate.
If your teeth are significantly out of place, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance and smile less frequently. You may be less inclined to participate in social situations, and your personal life and professional life may suffer. In time, you may even feel the effects of depression.
Bite Correction with Invisalign
Is correcting a misaligned bite really that important? While you may be interested in correcting an overbite, underbite, or crossbite for aesthetic reasons, the reality is that a misaligned bite may be causing you less noticeable, but still significant, problems. Dr. Maher uses Invisalign technology to straighten teeth.
The Problem of Bite Misalignment
Some of the problems you could be experiencing if your bite doesn’t line up correctly include:
- Difficulty chewing
- Problems maintaining good oral hygiene, which in turn could lead to an increase in cavities, decay, and gum disease
- Jaw discomfort or tenderness
- Excess strain on some of your teeth, which can lead to excess wear, erosion, and even fractures
Over time, even small discomforts and annoyances can develop into significant dental health concerns that could eventually lead to problems with your overall physical health. Feeling self-conscious about the way you look is a serious concern as well and could lead to decreased quality of life and even depression.
A misaligned bite is often caused by genetics, but other issues can also lead to improper bite, some of which may have started in early childhood. For example, prolonged thumb sucking or drinking from a bottle may cause a bite to develop improperly. Other causes include trauma to the mouth or jaw, poorly fitting dental restorations, tooth loss that wasn’t promptly treated, and even tumors in the mouth or jaw.
Treating a Misaligned Bite
Our office recommends the Invisalign system for our teen and adult patients who are having trouble with a misaligned bite. Invisalign is an option intended to replace traditional metal bracket braces and allows us to correct your bite and straighten your teeth comfortably and practically invisibly.
Invisalign has a number of significant advantages over traditional braces. They are clearly a much more cosmetically pleasing choice and are very appealing for that reason, especially to those who are concerned about the effect that braces might have on their professional image. Other advantages of Invisalign include:
- Invisalign is completely wire-free, which means no wires to break or tighten.
- You can remove your Invisalign aligners while eating, so your food choices are not limited.
- You remove the aligners to clean them and therefore don’t have to deal with the hassle of trying to brush and floss around brackets.
- In most cases, Dr. Maher will only need to check your process about every four to six weeks, which means less time spent in the dentist chair.