With over 240 Invisalign cases treated, Dr. Vlahos is an experienced Invisalign provider in the Niagara Region and St. Catharines. He has treated many different tooth position problems ranging from crowding of teeth, spacing of teeth and bite issues. Dr. Vlahos will take the time to discuss with you your particular situation, emphasize your personal requests and together, we can devise a treatment plan that is right for you, on your budget and within your time frame.Commonly treated problems treatable by Invisalign include: Crowding of Teeth
Crowding of teeth-One of the most common problems for many patients. Crowded teeth are esthetically unappealing and can be a challenge to keep clean. Often, crowded teeth contribute to problems with the bite as well. Usually, there is a discrepancy with the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw, namely, the teeth are too big for the jaw. Dr. Vlahos has treated many crowding cases ranging from mild crowding of lower front teeth to severe crowding of both jaws. Often these cases can be treated without the removal of any health natural teeth. Our patients get to keep their natural teeth!Spacing of Teeth
Spacing of teeth-Another common problem for many patients. Spacing can result from many reasons. A space in between your two upper front teeth may occur from a very strong muscle attachment in that area in between the teeth (usually from the upper lip to the gum tissue). The action of the muscle can cause the teeth to spread apart. Other causes of spacing can include tongue thrust habits where the tongue continually pushes on the backs of the teeth and cause them to spread apart. Occasionally, a patient may have teeth too small for their jaw so Invisalign can position their teeth into their proper place but some sort of prosthetic treatment (bonding, veneers or crowns) maybe needed to get the esthetics just right. Bite Issues
Bite Issues-Often teeth do not mesh together properly for a number of reasons. Some possible symptoms of problem bites include excessive tooth wear both in the front and the back, fracturing of teeth and/or restorations, inability to effectively chew food and jaw joint and jaw muscle issues. Often, if there is a deep bite especially in between the upper and lower front teeth, advanced wear can occur on the edges. This can become an esthetic issue as teeth wear down and become flat, it gives the appearance of ‘old’ teeth. Open bites in the front or back may lead to uneven biting forces on the remaining teeth, again, potentially causing pathologic tooth wear and possible bulk fracture.