Modern dentistry has come a long way in terms of state-of-the-art procedures, techniques and approaches to solving patient issues and concerns. These updates include the advancements made in the use of braces to address misaligned or crooked teeth. Patients looking to restore their smile now have the option of choosing clear aligners such as Invisalign rather than traditional braces.
At Kensington Natural Smiles, we offer a number of general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, including Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
With Invisalign, patients wear a series of clear plastic aligners, also known as trays, to gently and slowly shift teeth into their ideal position in the mouth. The aligners are custom-crafted to fit each patient’s mouth. No two patients or their teeth are alike, so this approach allows the aligners to be made precisely to address your individual teeth and achieve your unique smile goals.
The aligners are worn for about 22 hours each day for approximately two weeks, and then it’s time to graduate to the next set of trays. Aligners are switched out at home and this process repeats itself until you work your way through your entire treatment plan, with visits to the dentist sprinkled in about every four to six weeks to ensure that the adjustments are progressing properly.
Dr. Susan Ho is a certified provider of Invisalign and at Kensington Natural Smiles we will guide you on your way to achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.
Can Invisalign Fix an Underbite?
Invisalign is a great option to fix your smile, but if you have an underbite, you may be wondering if it’s the right treatment for you. When the lower teeth protrude out in front of the upper teeth, this is what’s known as an underbite and it can sometimes cause difficulty chewing or speaking. The good news is, Invisalign has been proven to be an excellent option for many dental cases, including crowded teeth, gaps between the teeth, crossbites, overbites and yes, even underbites in some instances. In severe cases, a combination of surgery followed by the use of Invisalign may be the best approach.
The first step to determining the appropriate procedure for your individual needs is to schedule a consultation with a qualified dentist or orthodontist. During your evaluation, the practitioner will assess the placement of your teeth and x-rays or a digital scan may be taken to get a complete picture of your situation. Recommended options for treatment will then be reviewed with you so you and your dentist can put a plan in place to straighten or properly align your teeth.
Get Started Today
When you’re ready to begin your journey toward restoring a healthy, beautiful mouth, we are here to help you along the way. Learn more about how Invisalign is a great option to fix your smile by visiting us for a free consultation at Kensington Natural Smiles. Call our office in Kensington, MD today at 301-933-3903 to schedule an evaluation, or request an appointment online.