The aesthetic impact of traditional dental braces, especially the metalwork, is a major concern for many individuals. This concern is particularly relevant for adults who may find the idea of wearing visibly unattractive braces for an extended period disheartening. Fortunately, Invisalign® offers a highly appealing alternative with its nearly invisible aligning system that effectively straightens teeth without the use of metal.

Invisalign® treatment involves a series of customized aligning trays that are specifically tailored to each individual. These trays are replaced by the dentist every few weeks to accommodate the shifting tooth configuration. Besides the advantage of minimal visual impact, one notable benefit of Invisalign® aligning trays is their removability for special occasions. This feature allows patients to have control over the duration of their treatment. Many individuals have expressed complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment process and the remarkable results it achieves.

What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that addresses the same dental issues as traditional metal braces. The main distinction lies in the fact that Invisalign® trays are nearly invisible to the naked eye and can be conveniently removed when desired.

Here are some common dental problems that can be effectively corrected with Invisalign®:

  1. Overcrowding: When there is insufficient space in the mouth for the teeth to align properly, overcrowding occurs. This condition can lead to tooth decay and an increased risk of gum disease.

  2. Large gaps between teeth: Gaps may arise due to missing teeth or abnormal jaw growth. Invisalign® can help close these gaps, improving both the appearance and functionality of the teeth.

  3. Crossbite: A crossbite occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. This misalignment can cause uneven tooth wear, which may lead to bone erosion and gum disease.

  4. Overbite: An overbite occurs when the upper teeth protrude further than or cover the lower teeth. If left unaddressed, it can result in jaw pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.

  5. Underbite: The opposite of an overbite, an underbite happens when the lower teeth extend beyond or completely cover the upper teeth. It can lead to jaw pain and TMJ problems over time.

What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?

There are several approaches available to enhance the alignment of teeth: traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligning trays, and dental veneers. Determining the most suitable treatment option involves considering various factors, as each option has its own strengths and is better suited for certain situations.

In comparison to traditional braces, Invisalign® stands out due to its removable aligning trays. This means that patients need to exercise more discipline and commitment during the treatment process. However, this is generally not an issue as the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Both treatments can achieve similar results.

In cases where teeth alignment is the primary concern, Invisalign® often surpasses veneers. Unlike veneers, which are thin covers permanently affixed to the teeth, Invisalign® actively straightens the teeth. Before applying veneers, the teeth must undergo etching, which implies that an alternative covering would be necessary if the veneers were to be removed. Moreover, veneers can be relatively expensive, prone to breakage, and typically last for less than 20 years.

Careful consideration of these factors can help individuals make an informed decision about the most appropriate treatment option to achieve the desired teeth alignment and overall dental improvement.

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?

Adapting to life with Invisalign® aligning trays typically requires a few weeks of adjustment. The trays should be worn consistently throughout the day, except during meals and when drinking. Removing the trays while eating or drinking is important to prevent food particles from getting trapped between the trays and teeth, which could lead to tooth decay.

Usually, new sets of aligning trays are provided every two weeks, allowing for visible progress between appointments. Invisalign® aligning trays have undeniably transformed the field of orthodontics, earning a reputation for their comfort and effectiveness.

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