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Invisalign Indications – Greenfield, WI

Invisalign and Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth

Are your teeth too close together in your mouth? Overcrowding is a common orthodontic issue that affects both teenagers and adults alike. While crowded teeth can be a major source of embarrassment for many, it is more than just a cosmetic issue. Not having adequate space between teeth can lead to serious oral health problems!

Fortunately, Invisalign in Greenfield can help. Keep reading below to learn more about the health risks associated with overcrowded teeth and why the team at Advanced Dental Treatment Center recommends Invisalign clear braces.

What Problems Do Crowded Teeth Cause?

Invisalign aligner and mold

Unlike properly-aligned teeth, which are positioned evenly side-by-side in the gums, crowded teeth stand very close to one another or even double up inside the gums. This makes it extremely difficult to properly brush and floss. If you cannot remove harmful plaque from the tiny spaces between teeth, you are much more likely to develop bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and a host of other oral health problems.

For instance, crowded teeth can also contribute to:

  • Abnormal wear and tear on your teeth
  • Increased risk of dental trauma if one or more teeth protrude out of normal alignment
  • Increased risk of breaking or cracking teeth
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Speech problems
  • Lower self-esteem

How Invisalign Helps Correct Crowded Teeth

Woman taking out Invisalign aligner

Unlike conventional metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to address orthodontic issues such as crowded, gapped and misaligned teeth. Invisalign aligners are custom-designed to fit snugly around your teeth and place pressure on strategic points of your smile. Over the course of treatment, this strategic pressure gradually shifts teeth into proper alignment.

For crowded teeth, each set of aligners moves teeth up to a quarter of a millimeter away from each other. This slowly creates more space in the mouth and reduces overcrowding.

If you follow the instructions from a cosmetic dentist in Greenfield to wear your Invisalign aligners up to 22 hours every day, by the end of your treatment you will have a straight, well-spaced smile!

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Woman smiling while holding Invisalign tray and metal braces model

Each person’s smile is unique, which means there is no one-size-fits-all treatment time for Invisalign in Greenfield. In general, most patients can realign crowded teeth or address other orthodontic issues with 12 to 18 months of Invisalign treatment. This is significantly less time compared to conventional metal braces!

Do you want to help ensure you straighten your teeth on schedule? The easiest way to do this is to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, or as directed by Dr. Carini or Dr. Blanchard. When you remove your aligners to eat meals or brush your teeth, don’t forget to pop them back in as soon as you are finished!

Speaking of brushing your teeth, be sure to practice excellent oral hygiene at home throughout Invisalign treatment. Cavities and other dental health problems can interrupt your treatment progress and delay results.

Contact Us Today!

If you are fed up noticing your crowded teeth every time you smile in the mirror, do not wait to contact our team at Advanced Dental Treatment Center and ask about Invisalign in Greenfield. Properly aligning your teeth does not have to involve embarrassing metal brackets and wires! We look forward to welcoming you to our office and partnering with you to achieve the beautiful, straight smile of your dreams.