The Latest Trend in Orthodontics is No
Braces at All!
Adult "invisible braces" (which are
not really braces at all, but clear plastic retainers)
are a new technique for adults to obtain the results
of braces without wearing braces! This technique,
which is effective only for mild to moderate crowding,
utilizes a series of retainers (computer generated
or lab constructed) that are worn sequentially
until the desired correction is achieved.
About 5-10% of orthodontic malocclusions can be easily
treated by the Invisalign® system. It is an excellent
method for treating cases of orthodontic relapse caused
by failure to wear orthodontic retainers. Your teeth
are straightened by a series of clear plastic aligner
trays - no braces or archwires. If you want straight
teeth, but do not like brackets or archwires, see Dr.
James or Dr. Matt Fletcher for a consultation.
Patient's Chief Concern This 27 year old female was unhappy that her upper and lower jaws seemed to be misaligned. This caused her upper teeth to bite on the inside of her lower teeth, and she could tell it was causing excessive wear. Her doctors told her this issue could also cause gum disease and bone loss. Her Invisalign treatment lasted approximately nine months.
Patient's Chief Concern This 26 year old female believed there wasn't enough room within her jaw for all of her teeth to fit normally. Her doctor told her that when left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in the chances of gum disease and can prevent the normal function of teeth. She was treated with Invisalign over the course of approximately 10 months.
Before and After
Before and After
Patient's Chief Concern This 56 year old male was concerned that his teeth were abnormally spaced and very far apart. His doctor told him that while this might just seem unattractive, spacing issues in teeth can also cause some periodontal diseases. His Invisalign treatment lasted approximately 10 months.
Patient's Chief Concern This 38 year old female was concerned that her upper teeth overlapped her lower teeth too much. Not only is this a cosmetic issue, it can lead to health problems later in life, so she was anxious to get it fixed. She was treated with Invisalign in approximately 20 months.