While the aesthetic aspect of Invisalign is undeniably part of its appeal, our cosmetic dentists are passionate about using Invisalign as a preventative tool. For example, crooked teeth are harder to clean. Thus, poor oral hygiene issues in people with crooked teeth often lead to gum disease and tooth loss. By straightening crooked teeth with Invisalign, it becomes easier to clean teeth properly and improve your chances in the fight against gum disease.
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 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.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom made to fit your mouth and move your teeth in a series of predetermined steps. You can see your future smile before treatment begins thanks to digital imaging.
Dr. Kaur provides a mockup of the treatment plan and final results. It's then sent to Invisalign electronically. From there, your Invisalign aligners will be custom created and will arrive back in our office in about two weeks.
Because the Invisalign aligners are clear, they are much more subtle in appearance than traditional braces. Many people won't notice them at all. Business professionals and adults often choose Invisalign over metal braces for this reason alone. In addition, Invisalign aligners are also removable. You can take them out to eat meals (which means there are no limits to what you can eat) as well as for special occasions or to have your picture taken.
Straighter teeth are also friendlier for dental hygiene, making Invisalign an excellent tool for those with crowded teeth concerned about preventing gum disease.
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.