Crooked teeth can result due to overlapping or overcrowded teeth if there isn’t room for all of your permanent teeth to grow along your upper or lower jaw. In some cases, people may have an extra tooth or two that attempt to grow in and disrupts the alignment of your teeth.
To straighten teeth in these cases may require doing an extraction or two and then using Invisalign® clear aligners to straighten them.
Sometimes teeth grow in crooked because an extra tooth or two tries to grow in with the others and disrupts their alignment. When an extra tooth tries to grow in, or your teeth don’t have room to grow, they can overlap. After one of our dentists at El Dorado Hills Town Center Dental diagnoses this problem, they will discuss doing extractions with you.
To straighten the teeth after pulling teeth, he or she will discuss options like braces or plastic aligners, like Invisalign. The best option for your teeth will depend on how crooked they are and whether the jaw needs surgery to realign it properly. Our dentists in El Dorado Hills, CA will get a better idea of the severity of the misalignment after pulling the teeth.
While it can take six to eight weeks for the gum to fully heal after an extraction, you don’t need to wait that long to start wearing aligners. You can put them on as soon as the pain dissipates, which for some people may be the same day as the extraction, but for others, it could be three to four days.
Invisalign aligners are tight so that they can move your teeth into the proper position. Our dentists at El Dorado Hills Town Center Dental will explain how they work to properly align your teeth. They move your teeth approximately one millimeter every day until eventually, they are in alignment. It may take several weeks to straighten them with Invisalign in El Dorado Hills, CA, or a year or more.
Talk to one of our dentists in El Dorado Hills, CA if you’re interested in getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign to make sure your case qualifies for them.