Are crooked teeth marring an otherwise perfect smile? In addition to creating a less aesthetic appearance, crowded, widely spaced, or otherwise misplaced teeth can create other serious problems for your oral health.
Kirkland dentist Dr. Jen Kim is a certified Invisalign provider. The Invisalign system, often referred to as invisible braces, uses a progressive series of clear aligners to gently guide your teeth into their correct positions. This system is ideal for anyone who wants to improve the appearance and alignment of their teeth but does not want to suffer through months of brackets and wires.
Should Crooked Teeth Be Fixed?
Crooked teeth can lead to an increased risk for decay and gum disease. When your teeth are crowded or twisted, it is difficult to reach the spaces between your teeth with either your toothbrush or dental floss. This sets the stage for cavities to develop between your teeth and plaque to settle in beneath the gum line, leading to gum disease. Teeth that are too widely spaced can trap bits of food that cause bacteria to stay in close contact with your teeth for an extended period of time and increase the chance that you will develop a cavity or gum problems. Because gum disease and tooth decay have been linked to serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, crooked teeth are actually an overall health concern rather than just an oral health concern.
Invisalign also treats misaligned bites. An overbite, underbite, or cross bite can be just as problematic as crooked or misplaced teeth. When your bite is misaligned, pressure is put on the teeth in ways they were not designed to handle, and your teeth may shift, erode, fracture, or become loose. Depending on the severity of the problem with your bite, you may eventually lose teeth if it is not fixed.
How Invisalign Can Help
Call our office to schedule a consultation to get started with Invisalign. Dr. Kim will examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the best process for moving your teeth. After analyzing your teeth and working with you to create a treatment plan, our team will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to create a series of aligners that you wear in a prescribed order to guide your teeth into their proper places. The force used is very mild, and the aligners are comfortable to wear. When it is time to move onto the next step of your treatment plan, simply switch to the next aligner in the series as directed by Dr. Kim. You don’t have to worry about tightening wires or broken brackets.
Invisalign doesn’t hamper your lifestyle in the same way that braces can. You remove your aligners to eat, so you do not have to worry about avoiding foods that might be potentially damaging. Your aligners are also removed for cleaning, so you do not have to deal with the hassle of trying to brush and floss around brackets and wires.
To find out more about Invisalign and how it can treat your crooked teeth, please call Jen Kim: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.