Many dental patients don’t know that Invisalign is not only a cosmetic procedure. The benefits of Invisalign extend much further than giving you straight teeth and the smile that you’ve always wanted.
Invisalign can correct the position of the jaw reducing the occurrence of teeth grinding. Invisalign not only straightens teeth, it also helps to improve the overall bite. This is done by using a series of clear, customized, and removable aligners that gradually move teeth.
How Does Aligning Your Bite Fix Teeth Grinding?
When your bite is misaligned, there can be areas on your teeth that you bite down on with more pressure than others. This uneven pressure can cause your teeth to shift and grind against each other. By aligning your bite, Invisalign can help to evenly distribute the biting force, which can reduce or eliminate teeth grinding.
Should You Get Invisalign if You Grind Your Teeth?
Invisalign could be the solution that you’re looking for when it comes to solving any issues you are having with teeth grinding. You should be sure to consult with a dentist about whether or not Invisalign is the right treatment for you.
There are other treatments for teeth grinding such as wearing a night guard that can be effective. But, if you’re looking for a long-term solution that will not only help to stop teeth grinding but also improve the overall appearance of your smile, Invisalign may be the best option.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign process starts with a consultation with your orthodontist. They will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth which will be used to create a digital 3D image of them. From there, the orthodontist will be able to map out a precise treatment plan.
You will be given a series of aligners to wear throughout the day and night, except when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually begin to shift into place.
You will need to visit your orthodontist about once every 6-8 weeks to ensure that your treatment is on track. The entire process usually takes about 12-18 months, but this will vary depending on the individual case.
Contact Lane and Associates
If you are located in North Carolina and you are interested in getting Invisalign, contact Lane and Associates Family Dentistry Today! We have several offices located around all of North Carolina. Visit our locations page to find the office closest to you and schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to helping you get the smile that you’ve always wanted!