Teeth that are not aligned properly in your mouth create what we call “malocclusion.” If left untreated, malocclusion can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal amounts of stress on teeth and jaw, which leads to premature wear.
Malocclusion affects 74% of American adults. If you have malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned. Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis, or bad breath. If not treated gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.
Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease.
Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodontal health.
With good hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced.
Decreased Risk of Abnormal Wear and Trauma
Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive procedures require to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.
How we can help
Dr. Matthew Hansen has been a leader in the Mason City area treating patients with Invisalign since 2005. He is the only premier preferred provider in Northern Iowa and has treated patients from ages 13-75. Dr. Hansen treats the minor corrections to severe crowding or spacing. It is our goal to take care of the current state of your mouth as well as your long-term oral health.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that allows doctors to straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable, nearly invisible, plastic appliances called aligners.
How does Invisalign work?
The patient meets with Dr. Hansen who takes orthodontic records of your teeth and fills out an Invisalign treatment plan or prescription form and sends to Align Technology. At Align, a computer model of your teeth is created from the records. Align then uses its advanced, 3-D imaging software to generate a graphical representation of the treatment plan- almost like an animated movie of the way the patients teeth will move from the current position to the final desired position. Dr. Hansen reviews, modifies, and approves the rendering of his treatment plan (the 3-D movie) on a secure portion of Align’s website. Align Technology produced a series of clear, plastic aligners that correspond to the stages of tooth movement in the 3-D movie. You wear each stage of aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. Week by week, your teeth are straightened millimeter by millimeter.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
- Nearly invisible: You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Removable: You can eat and drink what you want.
- Better oral hygiene: You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth
- Comfortable: There are no worries, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasion.
How long does treatment take?
Like traditional braces, the length of treatment depends on the complexity of the cases. Treatment time typically is less than conventional braces; averaging about a year.
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional braces also covers Invisalign to the same extent.
How many people are in treatment with the Invisalign System?
More than 2 million patients worldwide have entered treatment with Invisalign.
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