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Traditionally braces have been the treatment of choice for a variety of conditions affecting the teeth. Braces are still an integral part of orthodontic treatments but as technology has moved on, so has been the case in orthodontics too. Invisalign is a great example of that leap in orthodontic technology and the treatment has grown in popularity for teens and adults alike.
What is Invisalign?
It is a removable system of semi-transparent braces or teeth aligners designed to discreetly straighten your teeth. It is also a progressive course of treatment where an orthodontist prescribes a series of custom-made aligners which are worn for a set period (usually 2 weeks). After the 2 week period, you will switch to the next set of aligners. A 3D model of your teeth is used to precisely design the aligners and so they will only fit your teeth and no one else. Your teeth gradually move with each change of aligner, week by week, until your teeth have aligned into the prescribed position.
Invisalign aligners differ from traditional braces because they are removable, nearly invisible and have no metal wires or brackets.
What Conditions Can Invisalign Treat?
Many people use Invisalign aligners to straighten crooked teeth but there’s a lot more you can achieve with Invisalign. Below are some of the common treatable cases using the system of aligners.
An overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower when your jaw is closed. Very few people have a perfect bite, with many having a small overlap between their front top and bottom teeth.
A minor overbite does not cause problems for most people and treatment could be for cosmetic purposes. However, if the overbite is pronounced this may result in pain in your jaw, worn teeth or pain while eating. Causes can be genetic, overuse of pacifiers in childhood and grinding teeth.
Invisalign aligners can be used to treat overbite either as a standalone solution or as part of an orthodontic treatment plan.
Affects the front teeth similar to an overbite but in this case it’s the bottom teeth which overlap the top front teeth. Severity of underbite ranges from mild to severe, where there is a large gap between the top and bottom teeth.
The most common cause is a misalignment of the lower jaw through genetics. Other causes in childhood also include overuse of pacifiers, thumb sucking or pushing the tongue against the front teeth. The impact of an overbite can include strain in the jaw muscles and teeth and poor speech.
Prompt treatment is encouraged to correct it and Invisalign clear liners can help with minor cases. More severe cases may require a combination of surgery and aligners.
This is a condition where when your mouth is closed some of the top teeth are on the inside of the bottom teeth (looks like a mixture of overbite and underbite). If you have crossbite teeth will wear down faster, chip or lead to receding gums. This can be a painful condition and lead to further gum and tooth problems.
Causes can be hereditary (like bad teeth running in the family) or may be due to several situations. In children, this may be due to adult teeth coming out before the baby teeth have fallen out. This leads to overcrowding and misalignment and eventually to crossbite.
A combination of treatment options are available and Invisalign aligners are one of them. The sooner treatment starts the better the outcome.
Known as spacing issues among dentists, this simply gaps between adjacent teeth. Gaps between teeth occur due to a number of reasons among them a mismatch between the jawbone and size of teeth. Unusually sized teeth or missing teeth will cause teeth to shift creating gaps between them.Thumb sucking may also cause gaps to develop.
Invisalign clear aligners are ideal for bringing teeth into alignment which in many cases will close any small gaps.
Advantages of Invisalign Clear Aligners
As a popular alternative to metal wire braces, Invisalign offers attractive benefits compared to traditional braces. Not only do they look better visually but they are also removable and designed based on a 3D imprint of your teeth so highly customised to you. Below are some of the benefits Invisalign offers.
Fewer Treatment Visits
Orthodontist visits can be costly if you have traditional braces which require tightening every 6 weeks. With Invisalign your series of aligners are produced in advance and all you have to do is replace them every 2 weeks. You’ll still need to attend check ups so the orthodontist can check on progress. But, over the course of the treatment you’ll make fewer visits not only saving money, but time too.
Clear aligners need no repairs whatsoever. Unlike traditional braces where a wire or brace may come loose, this will never happen with Invisalign aligners. If an appliance breaks you simply replace it with the next one in the series.
Better Oral Hygiene
If you’ve ever had traditional braces then you’ll know the struggle to keep your mouth and teeth clean is real. Removing food particles and plaque from the braces is no walk in the park and if not done properly presents a real risk of tooth decay. Clear Invisalign braces are removable for easy cleaning and allowing you to brush your teeth as normal.
Easy Care Braces
Taking care of the clear aligners is simple and easy. They are removable so you can take them off, brush, rinse and put them back on. Make sure you avoid staining food and drink as well as applying gentle pressure when putting them on or taking them off.
See Your Finished Smile
The Invisalign system uses advanced 3D technology which can predict accurately what your finished smile is going to look like. Each stage of the process straightens your teeth a few millimeters at a time as it works towards the target position.
Offers Treatment for a Range of Conditions
Whatever the problem with your teeth, there’s a chance you will be able to fix it using Invisalign braces. From overbite to gap teeth, Invisalign works for a range of conditions.
The main difference is how quickly you will start seeing the results. While the treatment at the dentist’s is like a sprint which gives you instant results, home whitening is more like a marathon. Your teeth will gradually become whiter one shade at a time after each treatment which will take about two to three weeks.
Why Whiten at Home?
Although you can have whitening at a dental practice, why would you choose to whiten your teeth at home. Here are some of the benefits of in-home whitening:
- You do it at your convenience, you don’t have to sit through a 2 hour procedure
- Get gradual results so you don’t change your appearance instantly, let people get used to your changing appearance
- You still have the professional guidance from your doctor to use your kit safely
Now that you know the different types of teeth whitening, next we look at the overall benefits of whiter teeth.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
By now you know what Invisalign is, how the system works, what some of the treatable cases are and the amazing benefits you can enjoy if you choose Invisalign.
You must be wondering how much all of this cost right? A better question is, How much is your smile worth to you? What price can you put on your child’s smile? It’s priceless right?
Well, the cost of treatment with Invisalign clear aligners will depend on your specific needs which your orthodontist will determine. It is also possible to receive an estimated cost from a trained Invisalign provider.
How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Benefit You?
Now, from the “what” to the “how,” we showed you everything you need to know about teeth whitening. However, all these details are useless if you don’t know how teeth whitening benefits you. Therefore, we turn our attention to this all-important aspect of this cosmetic procedure. Here are the invaluable benefits of tooth whitening:
- Restored and enhanced self-confidence – whiter teeth let you smile and speak again without the fear that people will notice the discoloration in your teeth
- Vibrant dental and oral health – preparing for the procedure involves a session with the hygienist and maintaining your whiteness means you have to stay on top of your oral hygiene.
- Self esteem boost – you won’t ever want to hide your whiter teeth and will find every excuse to talk and smile at people and the more you do it the easier it becomes
- Increased mental health – dental health also contributes to mental health because poor oral health and hygiene could cause several cognitive problems and diseases in your later life.
- Minimized wrinkle appearance – It does this by shifting the focus from your face to the mouth because onlookers tend to focus on your smile. Therefore, it lessens the perception of wrinkles on your face
- Increased attractiveness – teeth whitening makes you more attractive to all those around you.
This benefit aggregates all the ones we discussed above. For example, reduced attention to wrinkles and enhanced confidence attract more people to you. Moreover, people who perceive you as a person who cares for yourself will be attracted to you.
Start Your Journey to Whiter Teeth Today!
Now you know what benefits await you if you choose to have a whitening procedure, either home or at a dental practice. Whether your teeth look stained because of smoking, age or other causes, teeth whitening presents a solution. You can have instant white teeth in just a day too. Do you still have any questions about the procedure or would like to know a bit more still? Get in touch with us today and one of our staff will answer your questions.