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Blind Date Insulted My Teeth

I had a blind date on Valentine’s Day.  I know. Pathetic.  But, sometimes we do stupid things. I wanted to leave within the first few minutes, when he told me I’d be pretty if it weren’t for my crooked teeth. The most depressing part of that is he’s right.  So, is there anything I can do about my teeth without becoming an adult version of a twelve year old with a mouth full of metal?

Miranda H. – Nebraska

Miranda,

May I just say you are fortunate to have only had to spend one evening with such a loser?

That being said, there is some other good news for you. There are some fantastic advancements in orthodontics since your middle school days.

Invisalign is an awesome solution. It uses clear aligners, that not even your jerk date could have seen. They’re quite comfortable and work in about half the time as traditional braces.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

Invisalign for missing teeth?

I have always had crooked teeth and my parents never could afford braces. To complicate things, I actually have two bicuspids of which one of them was recently pulled because it was bothering me. My guess is that since these are still baby teeth that the other will have to come out too. I also had a back molar extracted.

What I’m trying to find out is if these missing teeth will still allow me to be a candidate for Invisalign. I really do not want to get ugly metal braces as an adult. My dentist was also recommending I replace these teeth with dental implants.

One last thing is that I also have an underbite. So I don’t have much space between my top and bottom teeth. Maybe the top ones can be moved to make more room. Does all that make sense?

– Ruth in West Virginia

Ruth,

Missing teeth does not automatically disqualify you from being an Invisalign candidate. But there are some other factors that may affect things. You  mentioned that you have an underbite which may actually be a bigger obstacle in straightening your teeth. Another issue where Invisalign is not recommended is if an individual has severe crowding.

That said, every dentist has their own opinion of how effectively Invisalign will straighten teeth. If you meet with an orthodontist, you will likely experience that they are more conservative. This is because their comfort level is geared toward brackets to straighten teeth. Most general dentists will be more willing to try Invisalign for a variety of cases. Another thing worth mentioning is that every Invisalign case is also monitored by an Invisalign staff orthodontist. This means if your case is approved by Invisalign, then it is generally safe.

It may be in your best interest to meet with a couple of dentists to see what their opinion is of your specific case. It is difficult to make any recommendations without having seen your teeth.

As far as your question about replacing the lower teeth, that would likely not be required for Invisalign to close the gaps in your lower teeth. That said, you still need to seek the advice of a dentist that can evaluate your case in person.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

How long will it take for Invisalign to straighten my teeth?

Hello,

I have had an initial consultation with my dentist and I’m all set to get Invisalign next month. I know that traditional metal braces takes like three years to straighten teeth, so I was wondering how long it takes with Invisalign? I really don’t have teeth that are messed up too badly, it’s more like a couple small gaps. I’m hoping they are corrected for my senior year. I want straight teeth for my senior pictures.

– Laney in New Hampshire

Laney,

On average, Invisalign takes about half the time as traditional metal orthodontics. There are many factors that contribute to exactly how long they will take to correct teeth for each patient. For example, the duration depends on how often you wear the aligners and it also depends on how much tooth movement is required. As you begin treatment, your dentist should be able to provide a better approximation of your completion date. There are cases that have required very minimal tooth movement and have been straightened in as little as six months. For more extreme cases, Invisalign  may take closer to two years to move teeth into their correct position.

Remember, Invisalign invisible braces are just that, invisible, so no one will notice that you have them on. Another benefit is that Invisalign is completely removable. So if you are concerned about your senior photos, just remember that you can take the aligners out so you don’t have to worry about it. It is hard to say exactly how long it will take for your specific case, but if you start next month your teeth will be noticeable straighter for your senior year than they are today.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

Related post: Porcelain veneers can give the appearance of straightened teeth.

Disadvantages of Invisalign?

I am looking into my options for straightening my teeth and am considering Invisalign. Can you tell me what the drawbacks are to this treatment?

– Karen in Michigan

Karen,

There aren’t too many disadvantages to Invisalign invisible braces. In fact this treatment actually has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings in the industry. Clear plastic aligners are used to straighten teeth in about half the time as conventional braces. They are removable so you can still eat and brush your teeth like you normally would, and no one can really see the aligners because they are virtually invisible.

As far as drawbacks go, Invisalign is more expensive than conventional wire and bracket braces. And although they are safe for most adults, they are not the recommended treatment for teenagers or children whose teeth may not be fully erupted.

Another cosmetic dentistry treatment that gives the appearance of straight, white teeth is porcelain veneers. Although veneers will not actually correct the position of your teeth, they can give you a beautiful smile.

This post is sponsored by Newton, MA dentist Dr. Steve Bader of Ultimate Aesthetics.