What Is Invisalign?
By Michael E. Huguet DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   orthodontics   braces  

In the past, the only way to fix a crooked smile or abnormal bite was to submit to wearing metal braces for a long time. Now your dentist invisaligncan correct orthodontic deficiencies using a modern treatment called Invisalign. When you compare the benefits of Invisalign versus the downsides of wearing metal braces, the choice is clear—literally. Soon after a smile evaluation at Michael E Huguet DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA, you could be wearing an Invisalign tray and on the way to a better-looking smile.

Common Orthodontic Challenges
Orthodontic treatment is focused on arranging the teeth for optimal looks and function. Most people are born with alignment issues that can only be corrected by an orthodontist. These are some of the most common problems that patients want fixed:

- Crowded teeth (they may look like they’re fighting for the same position).
- Crooked and protruding teeth.
- Gaps between the teeth (Invisalign can move them closer).
- Open bites (the front teeth don’t close when you bite down) and crossbites.

What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces that has helped countless patients who are concerned about aesthetics. They want a straighter smile, but the idea of wearing clunky braces is too much to bear. With Invisalign, the treatment plan calls for the patient to put on clear tooth-shaped trays, somewhat similar to mouthguards, that gradually and gently realign the teeth. Talking and smiling with a clear aligner is much more comfortable compared to the traditional way (metal or ceramic lattice braces). 

Why Choose Invisalign?
You can remove the trays when you’re eating and when you’re cleaning your teeth. With permanent metal or ceramic braces, both of these daily tasks are much more difficult. Invisalign also takes less time to deliver desired results—about six to 24 months, whereas metal braces may require several years. Your Pleasant Hill dentist must check your smile to ensure that you’re a candidate for this treatment. It’s worth going in for a quick examination to know for sure that your orthodontic problem can be corrected with Invisalign.

Call for a Consultation
The process of getting Invisalign braces starts at an initial consultation with a dentist. Call (925) 945-6204 today for an appointment with an orthodontist at Michael E Huguet DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA.

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