Invisalign®

ORTHODONTICS

Invisalign

The aesthetic impact on your smile can be a primary concern people have in regards to dental braces. Wearing metal braces that are unattractive can be discouraging. Invisalign is a form of treatment that allows an almost invisible aligning system making the teeth straighten without the use of metal braces.
Invisalign treatment has various custom-made aligning trays. The trays are changed to fit the new tooth configuration about every week depending on the condition. Invisalign aligning trays offers a reduced visual impact and can be removed temporarily when you do not need it. This means that the patient has control over when to have it removed or placed. So many people have reported a complete satisfaction with the stunning results of invisalign treatment.

What kind of bite problems can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign works almost in the same way as traditional metal braces. The principal contrast between the two is that it is difficult to see invisalign with the naked eye and can be removed whenever you want.

The following are the problems that can be corrected with the use of invisalign:

 

    • Large gaps between the teeth: Sometimes this occurs when there is a missing tooth or when there is abnormal growth of the jaw.

 

  • Over Crowding: The term overcrowding means the teeth has little or no space between them to align in the mouth normally. An individual with overcrowding is likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease.

 

 

  • Over bite: This is a situation whereby the upper teeth covers the lower teeth by projecting further than normal. TMJ or jaw pain may result from overbite.

 

 

  • Cross bite: One of multiple upper teeth may bite inside the lower teeth. This is called cross bite. Gum disease and bone erosion are the consequences of cross bite.

 

 

  • Under bite: This is regarded as the inverse of over bite. In this condition, the lower teeth projects further than the upper teeth resulting to a complete cover of the upper teeth. TMJ or jaw pain may also result from under bite.

 

 

What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces and veneers?

There are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth and these include: Invisalign aligning trays, traditional braces and dental veneers. When considering the best treatment, certain factors play some roles.
Invisalign is different from traditional braces because invisalign aligning trays are fully removable. This is why more commitment and discipline are expected of the patient. This may not prove any problem as the trays look more invisible and comfortable. By using any of the treatments, you may achieve almost the same result.
Invisalign has more preference over veneers because the former straightens the teeth unlike veneer. Veneers are permanently fixed to the teeth by the dentist. In removing the dental veneers, an alternative is constructed. Veneer does not last up to 20 years and are somewhat expensive.

What does Invisalign treatment involve?

Before a dentist creates the special aligning tray he needs to make out an initial treatment plan. The dentist takes a 3D-digital image of the jaw. This allows the dentist to view the jaw in different perspective and move some teeth on the screen, and then determine what the face would look like in years to come.

 

After completing the plan, he makes a unique set of aligners. Each individual case influences the total amount of aligners required. Although, there is a typical set of 20-29 per arch.

What are some considerations when wearing invisalign trays?

An individual may take some weeks to get used to the life with invisalign aligning trays. The trays should only be removed when drinking and eating. This is to avoid foods from being trapped between the teeth and the tray, which may cause 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.