What is Invisalign®?
Your Invisalign®treatment consists of a
series of aligners that you change about every two weeks. Each aligner
is custom manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your
teeth into place. And since your Invisalign©
system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, with a plan
devised by you and Dr. Pearce, you know you'll end up with a smile that
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
Underbite – This is the inverse of
the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover,
the upper 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. 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 affixes to the teeth. In many cases teeth must be prepared beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative
covering must be constructed. However, veneers can change the shape , size and colour of your teeth, something braces or Invisalign®
cannot do. Sometime the best results are achieved with a combination of both treatments.
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® aligners?
The aligners 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 usually be seen with the naked eye.
versus conventional braces
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