Orthodontics traditionally uses wires and brackets to correct tooth alignment but advances in dental science now provide other options.
Invisalign® is a process that allows for the straightening of teeth without the placement of wires and brackets. It uses a set of clear aligners that fit over the teeth and slowly move them to the correct position. The aligners are worn day and night but have the benefit of being removable, which is beneficial when eating, brushing and flossing.
Aligners are made from impressions taken of the teeth using advanced 3D imaging. The imaging will project the sequence of shifting in the teeth so the aligners can be produced in sequence to achieve the optimal result. Regular visits to the orthodontist or dentist ensure the treatment is remaining on track.
The aligners are changed approximately every two weeks, with periodic visits to the dentist to obtain your next set of aligners. Usual treatment time is around 12 months but varies for each case depending on the amount of treatment required.
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The absence of wires and brackets will be a more comfortable option for some patients and there is no risk of damaging the apparatus during eating as it can be removed, so dietary options are not restricted.
The clear aligners are discrete, which can be of benefit to teenagers and adults alike. Advanced 3D imaging means it is possible to project every stage of the treatment plan, which allows patients to see the end result of the treatment.
Invisalign is a great alternative to the braces and wires approach of traditional orthodontics. It can straighten your teeth using clear aligners. These fit discreetly over your teeth and can help them slowly move to the right position.
These aligners are made for your individual teeth using specialised 3D imaging to print impressions of your mouth. This can help your dentist see how your teeth are moving and responding to straightening so you can achieve the optimal look.
Aligners are changed every fortnight, depending on your individual needs, and you will need to visit your dentist to obtain your next set.
Here are some common conditions that can be treated using Invisalign.
If your jaw is too small for your teeth to fit normally, you might have overcrowding. It is important to treat this as it can increase your chances of developing gum disease, as you will find it harder to clean between them effectively.
Invisalign can move your teeth and create more room in your mouth. As a result your gums may be helped to fit tighter around your teeth. This can lead to better gum health.
On the other hand, too much space can also be problematic. This could be the result of small-sized teeth, genetics, missing teeth, abnormal growth of jaw bones or tongue protrusion. Spacing issues need to be treated as they can lead to the development of certain periodontal diseases such as gingivitis. Left untreated, this can cause tooth loss in some people.
This is when your lower teeth overlap your upper teeth. Normally the uppers overlapping your lowers is the preferred relationship. In other words, crossbite is a lateral misalignment of the dental arches. While this can be caused by genetics or bad oral habits, it can also be the result of over development of the bone supporting your teeth. If you have a crossbite you may notice more wear on your lower teeth and painful joints and jaw.
This is the condition when your upper front teeth cover your lowers excessively. It can cause painful jaw and joint problems as well as excess wear on your teeth.
As well as being a more comfortable choice without the brackets and wires, Invisalign also boasts more health benefits. It can be easily removed, so it will not restrict your dietary options and can make flossing easier than braces so you can prevent gum disease from setting in.
Not only that, but since metal bands, braces and wires can attract and trap food and plaque, you can better maintain good oral hygiene using Invisalign and reduce the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Not all dentists offer Invisalign, so it is best to check that your’s does. If so, he or she will be able to offer a free assessment so you can tell if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. Another alternative if you want straighter teeth is to opt for the traditional set of braces with an orthodontist or a general dentist with additional training in orthodontics.
Invisalign® can be costly, but this is reflected in the results you can see afterwards and the service. The average cost will differ between different localities and dental practitioners. Experienced dentists may typically charge slightly more for the level of service they provide.
For many people the price of Invisalign® is worth the results, which can dramatically change the look of your smile.
If you’re looking for payment options to make your trip to the dentist more affordable, a dental payment plan can help. Ask your dentist or specialist about the payment options for the treatment – this way, you still benefit from having the Invisalign® completed, while avoiding having to make the complete up-front investment.
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