Invisalign® is an effective teeth straightening procedure that uses clear aligners to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® uses custom-made aligner trays that are completely see-through. This allows for a natural-looking smile when wearing Invisalign®. Invisalign® aligners are removable but must be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day in order to achieve the desired results.
Invisalign® is able to straighten the teeth as effectively as traditional braces without the uncomfortable and bulky aspects of metal braces. Many patients choose to use Invisalign® because the aligners are discreet and hardly noticeable. This can improve confidence when speaking and smiling all while helping to properly align the smile. Additionally, Invisalign® aligners are easily removed for eating and daily cleaning.
As your teeth gradually shift with Invisalign®, new clear aligners will be provided that will further move your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign® can help achieve a straight, even smile. Following Invisalign® treatments, a retainer is needed to maintain your results. Invisalign® treatments can be customized for each patient. Learn more about Invisalign® by clicking the button below.
A TMJ treatment is designed to improve the symptoms of a TMJ disorder. The TMJ are your temporomandibular joints, which connect the jaw to the skull. These joints are on both sides of the face and are located just in front of the ears. TMJ syndrome can cause pain and impaired movement of the TMJ, which can result in jaw tenderness, earaches, difficulty chewing, talking, or smiling, facial pain, and even lockjaw.
Moderate or severe cases of a TMJ disorder can negatively affect daily life and make eating, smiling, or talking incredibly painful and difficult. A TMJ disorder can be caused by a disc displacement or muscle dysfunction. Symptoms of a TMJ disc displacement include a clicking sound, limited mobility when opening the jaw, pain when opening the jaw, and a grating sensation in the jaw. On the other hand, TMJ muscle dysfunction can cause muscle spasms, weakened jaw muscles, and painful jaw movements.
In many cases, Dr. Koutsoyiannis is able to help patients manage the symptoms of TMJ with non-surgical treatments, including TMJ night guards and working with physical therapists and acupuncturists. For more severe cases of TMJ disorders, Dr. John may suggest Botox® injections and refer you for TMJ surgery if non-surgical TMJ treatments have not provided adequate relief from painful symptoms. Learn more about TMJ and TMJ treatments by clicking the button below.