One of the primary concerns people often have about
dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile.
Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces
for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a
series of custom-made aligning trays. The dentist changes the trays
every several weeks 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
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 at will.
Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:
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
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
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 considering 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. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either
Invisalign® is preferable to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign®
actually straightens the teeth. 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 to devise an initial
treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays.
Three-dimensional digital images are taken of the entire jaw. These
images allow the dentist to move specific teeth on the 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
Invisalign® trays will change the facial aesthetics.
Once planning is complete, a unique set of
aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with
each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch is 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 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, 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.
If you have questions about Invisalign®, please feel free to contact our office.