Deviations in the alignment of your bite pattern that went uncorrected in adolescence can sometimes worsen with age. A problem like this is even more likely if you previously lost a tooth and didn’t have it restored in a reasonable amount of time.
If the misaligned teeth continue to go unaddressed, it could lead to chipped tooth enamel, dental fractures and potential issues with dental attrition. Fortunately, many of these cases can be corrected by an orthodontist like Dr. Gregory Zabek.
For some patients who only need a minor amount of correction, Dr. Gregory Zabek might be able to provide a brand of clear plastic aligners like Invisalign®.
This is a series of clear plastic aligners that can gradually improve the orientation of the misaligned teeth. When looking in your mouth it will be difficult for the casual observer to notice you are using Invisalign®.
It works by periodically changing to a new set of aligners. Each one is tuned to stretch the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth. Many patients who use Invisalign® will notice a significant improvement in as little as six to eight weeks.
Once your teeth have been fully corrected you might need to use a clear plastic retainer for a few weeks. The removable oral appliance will help hold your teeth in their new position while any residual tension in your gums gradually dissipates.
If you live in the San Francisco, California, area and you have minor deviations in the alignment or your teeth, you should call 415-362-1102 to set up an Invisalign® consultation at Gregory Zabek Advanced General and Cosmetic Dentistry.