The primary concern to most people about dental braces is the esthetic impact on their smile. This is especially the case for young adults and adults and for them, wearing braces for a long time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal making this treatment option very acceptable.
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. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results that follow after the treatment.
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 are removable appliances.
These are some orthodontic problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:
- Large gaps between teeth
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 and the esthetic impression of your smile. Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable and are invisible to the naked eye making Invisalign® more acceptable for individuals to wear.
This also means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient regarding the proper wear. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Basically identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.
Invisalign® is preferable to veneers because, unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be prepared and etched before the placement of the veneer, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
The dentist needs to start an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays. 3D 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. This technology can show how Invisalign® will change the facial aesthetics and overall appearance. 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 are very common.
What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to, but this is the same as with any other treatment option. 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. New trays are necessary every two weeks and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye.
If you have more questions about Invisalign®, please ask your Elgin dentist.