We provide orthodontic dentistry for most individuals with Invisalign Therapy. Orthodontics is a “selective process” and while most cases can be handled internally, we work closely with local orthodontists, whom we trust. If advanced solutions are required, we can stand behind our discretion of which orthodontic offices can handle more advanced cases, locally.
Many people suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding. This can occur both consciously during the day and unconsciously at night. The consequences of teeth grinding can include damage to enamel, worn down teeth, jaw pain, and gum irritation. The grinding noise can also disturb your spouse's sleep. To combat the effects of teeth grinding, a night guard can be custom-fitted by a dentist. This guard provides a barrier between the top and bottom teeth while you sleep, and can last for up to 10 years. To reduce the likelihood of teeth grinding, you can also train your jaw to be relaxed, avoid chewing gum and alcohol and drinks with caffeine, and make an appointment with a dentist if you suspect you are grinding your teeth at night.
Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the need for traditional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are used to move the teeth. The computer program that generates a series of aligners with small changes is the innovative aspect of this system. Invisalign is recommended for mild to moderate orthodontic situations involving spacing or crowding. The aligners are virtually undetectable, easy to use, and comfortable to wear.
An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite and eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth. This can be a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. The adjustment is made using a dental drill and fine filing stone, and removal mouthpieces are used to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles. Good candidates for this treatment include patients with loose or shifting teeth, those who grind or clench their teeth, and those experiencing tooth sensitivity. Dentists use computer scans to accurately identify areas needing adjustment, ensuring a well-aligned bite with minimal tooth wear. If you suspect you may need an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment.