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Is Invisalign a viable alternative to traditional braces?

Invisalign Wilton CTAn increasing number of patients are considering Invisalign in Wilton CT to achieve their dream smiles, and that’s no surprise. Invisalign tends to be particularly appealing to adult patients, who don’t want to spend years saddled with appliances that take them back to their awkward teen years.

The Invisalign system, which straightens the teeth through a progressive series of clear plastic aligner trays, is more convenient than traditional braces and it’s barely noticeable, unlike its counterpart’s clunky metal brackets and wires.

Despite all of the advantages associated with Invisalign, some prospective patients remain skeptical about the system’s capabilities for straightening their teeth. Those individuals may feel that the tried-and-true method is more effective at realigning the teeth.

That’s simply not the case. The technology has improved drastically in the years since this technique was introduced, and Invisalign now can help an orthodontist straighten almost any patient’s teeth. Plus, with the clear trays, patients can see results much sooner, as the teeth aren’t hidden by appliances.

At this point, Invisalign can even be used in complex cases involving mild or moderate underbites and overbites or severe crowding. Orthodontists can use attachments and rubber bands to reposition the jaws, as well.

Of course, in order to achieve the best outcomes, patients need to wear the trays as recommended—between 20 and 22 hours each day.

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, Invisalign can also help patients keep their mouths healthier during treatment. Invisalign trays can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. It’s easier to rinse food particles from the teeth after eating, and the patient’s regular oral hygiene routine can be maintained throughout treatment.

Although Invisalign equals the performance of conventional braces in most cases, certain problems may not respond well to the trays. For example, teeth that are significantly rotated or other severe misalignments may require a traditional approach. In older patients in whom the jaws cannot be repositioned by orthodontic forces alone, accompanying surgery may be necessary.

If you are interested in the Invisalign system, call 203-544-9338 and schedule a consultation to learn if Invisalign is an appropriate treatment for your case.

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Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Although people may think that most of the patients who visit the orthodontist are teenagers or pre-teens, younger children can also benefit from orthodontic treatment.

If our Ridgefield CT orthodontist intervenes when a child is at a young age, later treatment may achieve the desired goals in a shorter timeframe. Most orthodontic patients would jump at the opportunity to spend less time wearing metal brackets and wires that conceal their pearly whites.

Problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaws often emerge when the child is losing deciduous teeth and replacing them with permanent teeth, a process that typically occurs between ages 5 and 12. Baby teeth that are lost too early can make the permanent teeth come in crooked, as can baby teeth that remain in the mouth longer than average. If the bone structure prevents the permanent teeth from coming in straight, then braces or some other orthodontic treatment will be necessary to correct this problem.

To address these problems as early as possible, it’s appropriate to initiate orthodontic treatment in school-aged children. It is not necessary, or even desirable, to wait until the permanent teeth are all in place before commencing the process.

Often, orthodontists who work with younger patients will do preventive work that can eliminate the need for extensive orthodontic treatment when those patients reach adolescence. For example, the orthodontist might use devices that help to expand narrow arches, providing ample room for permanent teeth to erupt. Orthodontists can also fit children with appliances that promote proper jaw positioning to reduce the risk of developing an underbite or an overbite.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment that will pay lifelong dividends. In order to achieve the best outcomes, schedule a consultation with Dr. Steve Giannoutsos when your child is at a young age to determine if your child has any issues that need to be addressed earlier rather than later. Early planning will set the foundation for a successful orthodontic treatment.

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