What Are Crowded Teeth?
Crowded teeth are much like it sounds; basically, there is little room in your mouth for your teeth to line up comfortably next to each other. When this happens, teeth can push together, overlap, bunch up, twist, and not align properly.
What Are the Problems With Crooked Teeth?
Overcrowded teeth are harder to brush and floss and prevent cavities and decay. Without being able to access all parts of your tooth, it's easy for plaque and tartar to build up and eventually destroy your tooth.
Crooked teeth can also shift more over time. In fact, they can occur at any time, which can lead to a misaligned bite. Not only does this hinder your oral health, but it also affects your appearance. Crooked teeth can occur as young as baby teeth that have fallen out prematurely. Many adults seek out cosmetic dental treatments like Invisalign to fix their crowded teeth.
Can Invisalign Treat Crowded Teeth?
Patients often think that Invisalign is only for minor cases, but in fact, Invisalign can straighten severe cases even better than traditional braces. When teeth are overlapping and rotated, it makes it difficult for your East Cooper Smiles dentist to properly fit brackets and wires. Invisalign gently rotates and shifts your teeth without needing large areas of the tooth surface for bracket placement. For this reason, Invisalign can begin straightening your teeth before braces can, which can make this process a little quicker.
Invisalign uses a series of comfortable, clear plastic aligners that are changed out every two weeks to move and rotate your teeth incrementally. For mild cases, the process can take 6 to 8 months, while moderate cases can take 18 months or more.
Many of our Mount Pleasant patients love how Invisalign aligners are translucent and fit snugly over your teeth, meaning that many people won't even notice that you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
Are You Interested in Learning More About Invisalign?
Is your smile not exactly the one you want? Dr. Jason Annan is highly skilled in treating all cases of smile flaws, including severely overcrowded teeth. Please give our dental office a call today to schedule an appointment.