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Crowded teeth

Invisalign for Crowded Teeth

Giving Your Smile the Space It Needs

Gum disease and tooth decay are two of the most common and unfortunate dental problems people face today. Dentists treat these two issues on a daily basis for people who have a perfectly aligned smile. For individuals with crowded teeth, it is even more difficult to keep bacteria and food particles out because of the inability to maneuver around the poorly aligned teeth. Dr. Fulks uses Invisalign in Marquette to address this problem, helping patients achieve straighter smiles that are easy to clean and visually appealing. To find out how Dr. Fulks can help you, contact us to schedule a consultation today.

What Can Happen if Crowded Teeth are Left Untreated?

A woman holding her hands in front of her mouth

If you’re wondering what we mean by “crowded teeth,” it means in comparison to a person whose teeth are perfectly aligned and sitting side-by-side, an individual with overcrowding will have a smile that shows teeth that are extremely close to one another and may even shift backward or forward because of other teeth pushing against them. When this happens, it can be hard to clean your teeth properly, thus, making yourself vulnerable to oral diseases such as gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and bad breath.

How Can Invisalign Help Treat Crowded Teeth?

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Wearing Invisalign aligners means opting for a clear solution to fixing your dental needs. Your orthodontist in Marquette will discuss your individual Invisalign goals after examining your smile and taking impressions of your teeth. After designing a sequence of aligners that will take you step-by-step toward a new and improved smile, he will send your impressions off to the dental lab to have your aligners created.

Once you receive them you’ll begin wearing your trays for 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks. The amount of time you’ll spend wearing each tray will be determined by Dr. Fulks. When it’s time, you’ll switch out your set for a new one, gently moving your teeth in the direction of your new smile and giving your teeth the space they need to move into proper alignment.

On average, most patients will be finished with their treatment in 12-18 months.