Correcting a bad bite

To correct a bad bite (teeth not fitting together properly) is obviously an elective decision that focuses on how your face looks, your teeth look and how they actually fit together. This affects the quality of life in a child and their social relationships as they mature. Examples of “Bad Bites” are: Extreme overbites, crowding of teeth, tongue thrusts, lisping, narrow palates, extreme underbites, thumb sucking, missing adult teeth, poor jaw alignment,and mouth breathing to name a few. Treatment recommended in the United States and abroad may be recommended in one of three ways: Appliance Therapy during early childhood while …

Invisalign–How It Works

Invisalign is a relatively new form of orthodontic treatment that is a good option for many people looking to straighten their smiles. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces, which use wires anchored to your teeth to slowly pull teeth into a rounded arch. Instead of braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. The Invisalign procedure starts with a digital image of your teeth. The current positions are registered, and then a treatment plan to move your teeth into proper alignment is designed by a computer. This design is used to create a series …

Do I Need a Retainer after Invisalign?

Miami and Coral Gables, FL Any time your teeth are moved with an orthodontic treatment, there is a risk that they will drift back to their original position. Sometimes, the same forces that caused misalignment of your teeth in the first place may drive the return of crooked teeth. Other times, tissue memory simply pulls your teeth back to where your body thinks they belong. To prevent this, a retainer is used to keep your teeth in their desired configuration, whether your teeth are straightened with metal braces or Invisalign. Ironically, one of the common reason adults seek Invisalign is …

When Should I Start Seeing Invisalign Results?

You should already be seeing Invisalign results. But if you haven’t had the foresight to have started your Invisalign treatment already, you may be wondering when the results of your future treatment will start being visible. This is more a question of your perceptiveness than a question of Invisalign’s speed. Every Invisalign aligner you put in your mouth moves your teeth, but it does so by a very small amount. If you’re especially perceptive (or have a good imagination), you may be able to discern the results after just one aligner. However, it is more likely that it will take …

Why Choose Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces

Make no mistake: traditional metal braces are an effective way to straighten your teeth, and continue to be the orthodontic treatment of choice for millions of Americans. However, Invisalign is a preferable treatment for many people because it is cosmetic, convenient, and comfortable. Invisalign represents a cosmetic improvement over traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires on your teeth, the only thing required is a transparent tooth aligner that fits over your teeth. You change these aligners out every two weeks or so, each one designed to move your teeth a small amount toward perfect alignment. Invisalign is …