August 2, 2018

Do you want a discreet alternative to traditional braces? Invisalign® is a popular treatment choice for adults who want to improve their smiles quickly and inconspicuously. Rather than straightening your teeth with a system of metal wires and unsightly brackets, invisible aligners subtly straighten the smile without drawing unnecessary attention. If you’re considered a candidate for the procedure, your dentist in Wilmington, NC, will provide you with a set of customized plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth. Every two weeks or so, you’ll receive a new set of trays that will move your teeth slowly in the desired direction.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for plastic aligners. Your dentist will decide if you’re a good fit for Invisalign after performing an evaluation, but here are a few ways you can tell if you have the right qualifications for the procedure.

You Have Gaps Between Your Teeth

If you have too much space in your mouth or if any of your teeth are misshapen, you may have noticeable gaps. These gaps can be embarrassing and can cause food to get stuck frequently between your teeth. Invisible aligners may be able to close the gaps for you.

You Have Problems With Your Bite

Clear aligners are frequently used to treat mild malocclusions, including:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Crossbite occurs when one or more teeth fit too far inside or outside the opposite teeth when the mouth is closed. Overbite is a condition characterized by upper front teeth that excessively overlap the lower front teeth. Underbite occurs when the lower front teeth protrude in front of the upper front teeth. Invisible aligners can help correct these conditions if they aren’t too severe.

You Have Crowded Teeth

Invisalign is often used to correct overcrowding of the teeth. If your teeth are crooked due to lack of space, invisible aligners may be able to help.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out for certain if you’re a candidate for invisible aligners, you need to receive a consultation. To schedule your appointment with Drs. James Gainer, Yulia Paterson or James Overton, call Wrightsville Dental.



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