One of the primary concerns people often have about regular braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. For adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for extended periods of time can be very discouraging. The Invisalign® treatment straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
The Invisalign® system consists of a series of custom-made aligning retainers, changed by your orthodontist every few weeks to guide your teeth into a new configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, these clear aligner can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled.
What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® braces fix the same dental problems as traditional metal braces but are far less noticeable.
These problems include:
- Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
- Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
- Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
- Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
- Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.
What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?
Traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligning trays, and dental veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when deciding which treatment will be best, and each of these options works better in certain situations.
Invisalign® clear braces offer the flexibility of being fully removable thus require a commitment from the patient to maintain the treatment.
Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, the dentist needs take a three-dimensional digital image of the entire jaw to devise an initial treatment. The digital image allows the dentist to illustrate the eventual movement of the teeth on screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. In essence, this technology can show how the Invisalign® treatment will change the facial aesthetics.
The orthodontist will create a unique set of Invisalign aligners once the planning is complete. The total amount of aligners required varies with each case, but 20-29 sets per arch are typical.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to. The trays should regularly be worn, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks, and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.