Invisalign – North Providence, RI
A Quicker & Subtler Alternative to Braces
Even if you want straighter teeth, you might hesitate to get treatment. After all, the prospect of dealing with braces’ brackets and wires can sound unpleasant. However, there’s a quick and easy way to get a straight smile: Invisalign! With this treatment’s clear trays, Bio Dental can “straighten things out” in no time. Furthermore, the aligners’ material ensures the straightening process is smooth and subtle.
Does Invisalign in North Providence sound interesting to you so far? If so, continue reading or book a visit with our team today!
How Invisalign Works
Instead of using traditional braces’ brackets and wires, Invisalign moves teeth with custom-made plastic trays. In particular, these aligners apply micromovements that straighten your pearly whites over time. So long as you wear them for 20-22 hours daily, results will appear in mere months.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign switches out your appliance every few weeks. One pair of trays can only straighten your smile so much, after all. To ensure this process works, you’ll also visit your dentist every two months to confirm treatment progress.
Who Can Invisalign Help?
If your teeth aren’t perfectly aligned, you aren’t completely out of luck. You no longer need to wear metal brackets and wires to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Invisalign can correct many different alignment issues. Here are some of the most common ones that we see and treat.
Crowded teeth are those that lack space to fit normally within your jaw. A bad tooth-to-jaw size relationship can cause health problems if left untreated, like tooth decay and gum disease. It can also cause one to experience jaw discomfort and difficulty chewing. Fortunately, Invisalign can space out teeth that are bunched too close together. In doing so, it’ll make your daily brushing and flossing both easier and more effective.
Gaps Between Teeth
As you likely know, tooth gaps aren’t great for your smile. Not only do they look unpleasant, but they also catch food debris that triggers bad breath and decay. Furthermore, these gaps can make you self-conscious. Fortunately, Invisalign’s aligners can treat this problem. Namely, they can push your teeth back, closing the gaps between them.
An overbite can occur when the top teeth come out too far from the lower arch of the teeth. Overbites can result in jaw pain, speech issues, uneven dental wear, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. This problem can also leave the top teeth more exposed, putting them at a higher risk of becoming injured and damaged.
An underbite describes alignment issues where the bottom teeth go slightly passed or match with the top row of teeth when you close your mouth. This can be caused by several different factors, including genetics, jaw injury, and nonnutritive habits – like thumb sucking and pacifier use after a certain age. A lot of the time, patients with underbites require the use of rubber bands or other attachments to be used in combination with Invisalign aligners. This helps to gradually address the bite and move the lower arch back into its proper position.
When the bottom teeth are slightly in front of the upper arch, this is called a crossbite. This is typically caused by genetics, poor oral habits, or premature loss of baby teeth. When left unaddressed, crossbites can lead to long-term issues, like an increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay, speech difficulties, headaches, teeth grinding, and facial asymmetry. Invisalign can correct this issue in the majority of cases. However, if your crossbite is caused by issues involving jaw development, it might be necessary to accompany the aligners with elastics and other accessories.
An open bite is when the top and bottom front teeth aren’t able to overlap or touch when you close your mouth all of the way. This is usually caused by poor bone development or nonnutritive habits, like prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use. An open bite can lead to difficulty pronouncing certain words and sounds, as well as excessive enamel wear of the back teeth. Invisalign can help to bring the top and bottom teeth together, correcting the bite pattern and reducing oral damage.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Compared to braces, Invisalign has the following advantages:
- Fast Treatment Time –If you didn’t already know, traditional braces take 24-36 months to work properly. In contrast, though, Invisalign only needs 18 months at most. It also involves fewer and less frequent adjustment visits.
- No Food Restrictions – Because its aligners are removable, Invisalign lets you eat your favorite foods easily. You won’t have to worry about debris getting caught in brackets and wires!
- Easier Oral Care – The aligners being removable also means they don’t get in the way of oral hygiene. Just brush and floss your teeth as you normally do, though make sure to clean your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Since every patient is unique, the cost of Invisalign can vary from person to person. Factors that impact the price include your oral issue’s severity, the time you need for treatment, your age, and more. That said, you can expect Invisalign to cost you at least a few thousand dollars.
Thankfully, our team at Bio Dental will work with you to make treatment affordable. For one thing, we consider dental insurance plans that cover Invisalign the way they do regular braces. At the same time, we also offer flexible financing options like CareCredit.
Whatever you decide, remember that Invisalign is an investment with long-term pay-offs. Therefore, seriously consider booking a consultation with us — your smile will thank you for it!