One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact on their smiles. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The aligners are changed every week to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.
What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed. Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:
What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces?
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.
Traditional dental braces and Invisalign® aligning trays are 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® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Aligners can also be removed for eating as well as brushing and flossing.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, your orthodontist needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays. Three-dimensional digital scans are made. These images allow the dentist to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles. Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take some time to get used to. The trays should be worn constantly, 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, each tray is worn for one week, and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. Invisalign® has proved to be comfortable and effective.