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An Invisalign dentist is also known as an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dental professionals who have more in-depth knowledge on correcting any misalignment problems in the teeth and/or jaw. Their additional years of training and education allow them to better address these problems in their patients. It does not matter whether a dental patient is experiencing minor or major orthodontic problems, an orthodontist knows how to address a range of issues.

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What is an Invisalign dentist?

Invisalign clear aligners are specifically made to treat a variety of misalignment problems. The following is a list of some of the more common misalignment problems that can benefit from Invisalign services.

  • Crooked teeth: Those who are living with crooked teeth will experience some degree of misalignment problems as the teeth are not in their proper position. Over time, the teeth will only become worse if not addressed, leading to various types of bite problems
  • Gapped teeth: Also called widely-spaced teeth, gapped teeth often lead to one being diagnosed with periodontal diseases, making the treatment necessary to support one's good oral health
  • Overbites: An overbite is when the upper teeth bite down too far over the lower teeth. If not corrected, worn teeth, periodontal disease and jaw joint problems can occur
  • Underbites: An underbite is when the lower teeth bite down past the upper teeth. If not corrected, worn teeth and potentially painful jaw joint problems can occur
  • Open bites: An open bite is a dental situation that occurs when the upper teeth and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed. Swallowing problems are commonly experienced by dental patients who have been diagnosed with an open bite
  • Crossbites: A crossbite occurs when the upper and lower jaws are not in their proper alignment. This misalignment causes the upper teeth to sit inside the lower teeth, which can cause worn teeth and periodontal disease

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When to consider getting an Invisalign dentist

An Invisalign dentist should be considered as soon as someone begins to experience any type of teeth and/or jaw misalignment problems. Dental issues are easier to treat in their beginning stages and when someone waits too long to seek professional dental assistance, their misalignment problems will only continue to get worse. If someone has indeed waited a long time to address their misalignment problems, an Invisalign dentist fully understands the urgency of the situation and accordingly will create a personalized treatment plan. This focus of this plan is to get them back on track to good oral health as soon as possible.

How Invisalign works

The Invisalign process is both simple and convenient, which is one of the main reasons why so many dental patients are choosing this teeth-straightening option. It all starts when an orthodontist takes X-rays and images of a patient's mouth in order to make the custom-made aligners. The X-rays and images are used to make a 3D model of the patient's mouth, which is then used to design and create the sets of clear aligners.

It is essential that the aligners are designed in a way that most benefits the patient. This is why it is necessary to use an experienced Invisalign dentist, as they have received the additional training and education that allows them to make the most efficient aligners.

Invisalign aligners are made in sets. Each set gradually moves the teeth into their proper positions. The number of sets is dependent on each dental patient's unique situation. Each set is worn for two weeks and then replaced with another set. Once a patient places the last set of clear Invisalign aligners in their mouth, they are only two weeks away from having a mouth full of straight teeth. It will be necessary to wear a retainer in order to keep the teeth straight, with the amount of time the retainer needs to be worn dependent on each individual patient situation.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?

Since every dental patient is unique, it will simply depend on their particular situation when it comes to how long Invisalign clear aligners will take to straighten their teeth. If additional considerations besides straightening one’s teeth are part of the treatment plan, like correcting an overbite or an underbite, then it may take a little longer. The majority of dental patients will only need to undergo Invisalign treatment for 12 to 18 months. This means that some patients will need to undergo Invisalign treatment for a longer amount of time, which often means somewhere in between 24 months and 30 months.

Is Invisalign as good as braces?

Yes. Both Invisalign clear aligners and braces work to correct a number of alignment problems someone may be currently experiencing. Both are orthodontic treatments specifically focused on fixing any teeth and/or jaw problems. The difference between the two options is the way they are used to correct any problems. Invisalign uses sets of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth to correct them, which can be removed from the mouth a couple of hours every day. Braces are directly attached to the teeth and need to be adjusted by an orthodontist every four to six weeks or so to straighten their teeth. Most patients get to decide whether they want to wear Invisalign clear aligners or braces in order to fix their alignment problems.

Choosing an Invisalign dentist

Choosing an Invisalign dentist to address any misalignment problems you are currently living with can lead to your experiencing a proper bite in a short amount of time. An orthodontist is a dental professional who has completed additional years of training and education necessary to give them the knowledge required to efficiently and effectively treat misalignment problems in their dental patients. If you are currently concerned that you are living with any teeth or jaw alignment problems, the sooner you make an appointment for an evaluation, the better.