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.