Few of us have perfect teeth. Even if you enjoyed a relatively proportionate smile when you were younger, your bite can easily become misaligned as you grow older, leading to a variety of dental problems – including the development of TMD / TMJ.
Despite this, wearing traditional braces is out of the question for most adults. Bracket-and-wire braces are not only a potential hindrance in a person’s professional and social life, they are also a practical inconvenience for today’s busy adult. Fortunately, advances in modern dentistry and orthodontics have led to the development of Invisalign® – a popular alternative option for patients who need orthodontic care.
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-molded plastic aligners to gradually guide your teeth back into the correct position. Since Invisalign® trays can be removed when you need to eat, brush, or floss, they neatly avoid the practical problems that traditional braces pose for adults.
Generally speaking, if you are a candidate for braces, you are probably a good candidate for Invisalign® as well. You should be in strong dental health with no untreated cavities and no gum disease. Invisalign® can effectively correct several orthodontic issues, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Mild to moderate overbite, underbite, or crossbite
However, patients with especially severe bite problems – along with children whose teeth and mouths are still developing – might not be ideal candidates for Invisalign®.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign® is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Strober. Our experienced cosmetic dentistry team at Strober Dental can help you get your smile back on the right track. We serve clients in the San Diego, La Jolla, and Coronado areas of California.