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Farmington Hills patients ask, 'Is it possible to treat crooked teeth with Invisalign?'

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If you hide your smile behind closed lips, a well-placed hand, or a turn of the head, you’re not alone. In fact, many Farmington Hills, MI, patients turn to Dr. Richard Bernstein for help improving the alignment of their teeth and the appearance of their smiles. However, one of the first questions patients ask is whether they’ll need to undergo traditional orthodontic treatment to adjust their smiles. Dr. Bernstein is pleased to tell his patients that instead of the brackets and wires, it is possible to treat their crooked teeth using Invisalign.

Misalignment can hurt the appearance and the health of your smile

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Although it can seem like you’re the only person who doesn’t have a perfectly straight smile, it’s quite common. In some instances, the misalignment is noticeable from the moment the permanent teeth break through the gums, and in other cases, it’s a subtle difference that can be hard to spot. Furthermore, while misalignment may seem like only a cosmetic issue, poorly aligned teeth can have serious oral health implications as well. Teeth that are crowded because of misalignment can cause pressure on the other teeth and lead to headaches and tension. Small gaps or pockets where food can become trapped might also be created by misaligned teeth. Therefore, addressing your misalignment is important for your self-confidence and your oral health.

Orthodontic options to improve your smile

If the word “braces” makes you think of thick, metal brackets connected by sharp wire, think again. Technology for orthodontics has come a long way in recent years, now you can straighten your teeth, fix bite problems, and improve the appearance of your smile in less time, for less cost, and, often, without the appearance of metal braces and rubber bands. Instead Dr. Bernstein offers patients Invisalign, a nearly invisible orthodontic option.

About Invisalign

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Invisalign works by using a series of clear alignment trays. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and then the patient discards that tray and moves to the next one. Over the course of treatment, the patient will visit the dentist periodically to ensure that the treatment is progressing properly.

Invisalign offers patients several benefits over traditional orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Clear alignment trays. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the fact that the clear alignment trays work while no one else notices that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Removable trays.With traditional braces, patients must give up many of their favorite foods that would present the risk of breaking the wire or pulling the bracket from the tooth. With Invisalign, the alignment trays can be removed for eating, so patients don’t have to avoid hard or chewy food items.
  • Easier cleaning, healthier mouth. Because the trays are removable, patients have an easier time brushing their teeth and keeping the trays free from food particles and bacteria. Traditional braces can be difficult to brush and floss around, so, having the ability to take the trays out to brush and floss without special instruments or threading devices is a great benefit.
  • Effective treatment. The goal of Invisalign is to give patients a straighter, and healthier, smile. The treatment is effective in properly aligning teeth so that the appearance of the smile is improved. Additionally, when the teeth are in their proper place it leads to better oral health and easier maintenance.

Will Invisalign work for me?

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Invisalign works for most patients who have minor misalignment. In some cases, these are patients who had braces as a teen, but experienced shifting as they got older. In other cases, patients have never undergone orthodontic treatment before. Most patients achieve a properly aligned smile in less than two years. It is important to note that while the alignment trays are removable, they should be worn for at least 22 hours each day to work properly. Invisalign does not work well for patients who have severe misalignment.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, call Dr. Richard Bernstein to schedule a consultation and find out if Invisalign is the best orthodontic option for you. Dr. Bernstein is a trusted dentist who offers a full suite of preventative, general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to help his patients achieve a happy and healthy smile. Call today at 248.636.2100.



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