Could Invisalign Really be All That?

InvisalignStraight teeth. We would all like them, but we may have questions about how to get them. There is a common thought that braces can out-do Invisalign several times over. In some cases, such as severe malocclusion, this may be true. However, we are learning through daily experience that there are more cases in which Invisalign is all that.

Since the inception of the Invisalign system back in the late 1990s, the method of straightening teeth has evolved significantly. Once deemed appropriate for mild misalignments, such as a turned tooth or a little bit of separation or overlap, Invisalign is now quite often used for more noticeable concerns. This is not a matter of chance; it’s a result of persistent research and development.

The makers of Invisalign have been smart. They have tracked. They have adjusted their path, and have found ways to improve upon just about every aspect of this system. When something didn’t work the way they intended, it was back to the drawing board. Now, we can treat a far wider range of alignment issues than ever before. Crossbite? You’re not excluded from Invisalign treatment. Overbite or underbite, aligners could correct the problem that is keeping you from looking and feeling your best.

Ok, so we can see that Invisalign is a good method of straightening teeth; but is it possible that this system could rival conventional orthodontic care? It’s quite possible!

Clearly, there are situations for which braces, even early orthodontic intervention, is most appropriate. When the bite is severely misaligned, and the upper and lower jaws do not come together, more advanced care will be necessary. These cases do not make up the largest percentage of patients, though, which explains why – and how – so many can achieve their desired outcome without braces.

In addition to the improvements that allow Invisalign providers like Dr. O’Brien to treat a wider range of patients, this system is also appealing due to its minimal effect on oral care. Because patients can maintain unobstructed brushing and flossing, instances of decay and gum irritation are substantially lower than with the alternative.

We would love to consult with you about the benefits of Invisalign. Call our Shakopee office at (952) 445-6657.


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