Like tectonic plates, your teeth are constantly moving. Even if you had a perfect bite when you were younger or straightened your teeth with orthodontic treatment, your teeth can still shift as life goes on, particularly if you are over 40.
Fortunately, even if your teeth begin to shift as you age, there are treatment options available to help you retain your perfect smile. One of the most effective treatments on the market today is Invisalign. At Babylon Dental Care on Long Island, we highly often recommend Invisalign as a treatment for shifting teeth in adults.
Why Teeth Shift Over Time
There are many reasons why teeth can shift, even if you previously straightened your teeth as a young person. For example, if you have periodontitis, your teeth could shift or spread out as a side effect of bone loss caused by gum disease. Your teeth could also potentially shift if you lose a tooth or have to have one removed, especially canine teeth or incisors. If you’re missing a tooth, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth may shift toward one another.
Other causes of shifting teeth include tongue thrusting, grinding, jawbone growth, nail-biting, as well as using a CPAP to treat sleep apnea. Shifting teeth can even be caused by simple respiratory actions such as sneezing or coughing. No matter what the cause of your shifting teeth is, Invisalign can correct it.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are many benefits to choosing Invisalign. Aside from the fact that it is a very effective tool for fixing dental problems, Invisalign tends to be more comfortable than clunky braces are, allows for superior dental hygiene due to its removable nature, and requires fewer visits to the orthodontist. Patients who use Invisalign to straighten their teeth can eat any food and drink any drink, which isn’t true for patients who use braces because Invisalign is removable.
Invisalign also doesn’t require invasive scanning. When a dental patient gets braces, their orthodontist will take X-rays and scans of the person’s mouth, using uncomfortable plastic tools that hold the patient’s mouth open. However, getting Invisalign is much less invasive. In fact, most Invisalign patients don’t even require traditional impressions. Today, aligners are created using 3D scanning technology and 3D prints.
Best of all, the treatment period for Invisalign is shorter than it is for traditional braces. Many patients wear braces for up to two years, or sometimes longer. With Invisalign, patients can expect treatment to be complete within less than a year, as long as the aligners are used properly.
At Babylon Dental Care, we understand how shifting teeth can affect your confidence as you age. If you aren’t happy about the way your smile looks, it can severely impact your morale. Having straight teeth can significantly boost your self-esteem. And while traditional braces are visible to others anytime you smile or open your mouth, Invisalign is essentially invisible to people you interact with. By using Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without having to reveal it to the whole world.
Contact Babylon Dental Care on Long Island, NY
If you have experienced shifting teeth and are interested in trying Invisalign, contact Babylon Dental Care on Long Island and schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Peck, who specializes in cosmetic procedures and orthodontic care. Dr. Peck has the knowledge and expertise to help you better understand the benefits of Invisalign, answer any questions you may have, and walk you through the treatment process. Call us at (631) 983-6665. We look forward to hearing from you!