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Will Invisalign make my gums look better?

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Can you help me determine if Invisalign is the best choice for my issue? My teeth have lots of spaces in between them and a few overlap. Also my gums are uneven and it makes it look like my teeth are even worse. I talked to my dentist about my teeth and gums and all she said was I can refer you to an orthodontist. She said it like I should know the process. I need some feedback and she was so curt that I don’t want to talk. Will Invisalign even out my gums as my teeth get straighter? Thanks. London

London – Orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, will straighten your teeth, but it won’t resolve the issue with your gums. There is cosmetic treatment that can improve the appearance of your gum tissue.

Gingivoplasty – This procedure uses a laser or a periodontal instrument to shape your gum tissue. It’s done right in the dental chair. Most recontouring, or reshaping, can be completed in one visit.

Gingivectomy – If you have excessive gum tissue around your teeth. A gingivectomy can be used to remove it and sculpt the gum issue in a way that complements your smile.

In either case, the process is quick, it’s done right in the dentist’s office, and your gums will heal quickly.

When you visit an orthodontist, be certain to let him or her know that your goals for your smile include aligning your teeth and ensuring your gums are proportionate with them. Your orthodontist will include your goals in a customized treatment plan. If your orthodontist isn’t trained in reconstruction of gum tissue, he or she will work with a trained dentist or periodontist who is skilled in that area.

You might consider scheduling consultations with two or three orthodontists who are skilled Invisalign providers to discuss your goals.

This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

I don’t think my Invisalign is working

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I’ve had my Invisalign for about 5 weeks. I keep looking at my teeth but they look like they are in the same position as when I started. I don’t think it’s working. Will I be able to get a refund? Thanks Kylie

Kylie – Based on the timeframe you’ve provided, you will soon be switching to your third set of Invisalign aligners. This is too soon to see noticeable results when you look at your smile in the mirror.

Most patients see noticeable results in two to three months. With an average treatment time of a year or more, you are at the beginning stages of treatment. So don’t worry. As the months go by, you will notice the improvement in the alignment of your teeth.

Keep your appointments for checkups and any adjustments needed to your aligners. It will help you attain successful treatment.

This post is sponsored by Dr. Anthony LaVacca of Naperville Dental Specialists.

How long does it take for Invisalign to straighten your teeth?

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How long does it usually take for Invisalign braces to completely straighten your teeth? – Jasmine

 

Jasmine – Generally, Invisalign straightens your teeth faster than traditional braces. How long it takes to straighten your teeth will have to be determined by your orthodontist.

Your orthodontist will establish a treatment plan for you that determines which teeth need to be moved, and to which position each tooth should move. The more complicated your case, the longer you will need to wear Invisalign aligners.

Have your teeth examined by an orthodontist to determine how long you would need to wear Invisalign.

This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Can porcelain veneers fix two crooked teeth?

By | Invisalign

All my teeth are fine, except the two top front ones. These two teeth are crooked and kind of go past each other. I wonder if you can tell me if porcelain veneers can fix this kind of problem?

Janet- Oregon

Janet,

Yes, porcelain veneers can fix this kind of problem. They are very good at fixing the appearance of crooked teeth. However, if that is all that is wrong with your teeth, you might consider Invisalign. With Invisalign invisible braces, you can actually fix the crooked teeth instead of just covering them up.  These aren’t like traditional braces. There are no wires and brackets, and it is done in half the time. Generally about six months to a year. The best part is, they are truly invisible. No one will even know you are wearing them.

Hope this helps.

This blog is brought to you by Naperville dentist Dr. LaVacca.

Can I use Invisalign if I’m missing teeth?

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I should have had braces when I was a child, because my bottom teeth are terribly crooked. Also, my bottom left back molar, and two bicuspids that were still baby teeth, had to be removed.

I’ve been considering getting Invisalign, but I’m not sure if it will work if I have missing teeth. I really don’t want to have the traditional braces now that I’m older. Also, I’m concerned that I may need dental implants to fill the gaps from my missing teeth.

Another concern is my underbite and the lack of space between my top and bottom. Can this be corrected with Invisalign too?

Jessica from St. Louis

Jessica,

There are a couple things that may prevent you from using Invisalign, excluding missing teeth. Invisalign works fine with missing teeth. In cases when there is an underbite and/or severe crowding, Invisalign may be difficult to use.

Some dentists are willing to use Invisalign on patients who have crowded teeth, while orthodontists may be more conservative. Orthodontists tend to shy away from new technology since they have been trained to work with brackets and wire.

Do your research first before making a hasty decision. Visit a few Invisalign general dentists to see what they recommend. If you decide to go with a general dentist, all cases are required to be supervised by orthodontists who are on staff at Invisalign headquarters.

Depending on difficulty of your case and the positions of your teeth, Invisalign could close the spaces in your lower jaw, and it may help move your upper teeth out without the need to replace those missing teeth.

I wish you the best.

Can I use Invisalign if I’m missing teeth?

By | Invisalign

I should have had braces when I was a child, because my bottom teeth are terribly crooked. Also, my bottom left back molar, and two bicuspids that were still baby teeth, had to be removed.

I’ve been considering getting Invisalign, but I’m not sure if it will work if I have missing teeth. I really don’t want to have the traditional braces now that I’m older. Also, I’m concerned that I may need dental implants to fill the gaps where those teeth were pulled.

Another concern is my underbite and the lack of space between my top and bottom teeth. Can this be corrected with Invisalign too?

Jessica from St. Louis

Jessica,

There are a couple things that may prevent you from using Invisalign, excluding missing teeth. Invisalign works fine with missing teeth. In cases when there is an underbite and/or severe crowding, Invisalign may be difficult to use.

Some dentists are willing to use Invisalign on patients who have crowded teeth, while orthodontists may be more conservative. Orthodontists tend to shy away from new technology, because they have been trained to work with brackets and wire.

Before making any decisions, do your research by visiting a few Invisalign general dentists and see what they recommend to you. And if you do decide to go with a general dentist, all cases are required to be supervised by orthodontists who are on staff at Invisalign headquarters.

Depending on the difficulty of your case, and the positions of your teeth, Invisalign may close the spaces in your lower jaw, and it could help move your upper teeth out without the need for replacing those missing teeth.

I wish you the best!