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Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

 

In the late 1990s, Invisalign developed a system of invisible braces. It uses clear plastic “aligners” to straighten your teeth.
Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually 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 your dentist
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other works as effortlessly as the Invisalign system.
Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.
Will it work for me?

 

Not only is Invisalign versatile, helping to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, but it really works. And there are over a million smiles to back that up. But a confident smile isn’t the only benefit of correcting your dental issues with custom-made Invisalign aligners—your health can be positively impacted as well.
_Overly crowded teeth: This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.
_Widely spaced teeth: This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.
_Crossbite: This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.
_Overbite: What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet.” It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
_Underbite: This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems

Invisalign Vs. Braces

 

The real difference between Invisalign and braces is two-fold. The first benefit is that the aligners are totally removable, making it easier to brush, floss and even eat without having to deal with those bracket and wires used in traditional braces. It can really make dental care a lot less complicated, allowing you to use a simple toothbrush, standard floss and maintain your normal diet (not having to eliminate harder food products that tend to break off the brackets of traditional braces). The second benefit is the comfort factor. While you may experience some soreness or tenderness within your teeth or jaw as the aligners shift the position of your teeth, you won’t experience any of the irritation inside the mouth that frequently takes place with traditional braces. The reason for this is that Invisalign is fairly smooth, so the insides of your mouth never rub or press into hard brackets
Invisalign limitations
But they do have some limitations. For example, they can’t be used to move teeth that aren’t yet fully erupted. They also don’t work well for severe crowding. There are other situations where the best way to move the teeth is with conventional braces. But, because they are invisible, comfortable, and fast, patients love them. They are particular favorites with adults and older teenagers.

Advantages of Invisalign:

Invisalign is virtually invisible, so that no one can tell that you’re straightening your teeth.
They are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, besides being able to brush and floss normally.
They are comfortable, because there are no metal wires or sharp brackets to irritate your cheeks or tongue.
They are faster. Adjustments in the office are quicker, and treatment times are usually shorter.
Since the movements are planned by computer, they are more efficient. Often, with regular braces, teeth end up being moved back and forth in an effort to get them into the correct positions.
Since there are no brackets to catch food or plaque, the risk of tooth decay or tooth damage from braces is significantly lower with Invisalign.
The added comfort and absence of sharp metal brackets makes it much easier to play woodwind and brass musical instruments. Teenagers involved in sports also like them.

HEALTHIER TEETH AND GUMS

 

Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Invisalign comes in. The comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position — without unsightly brackets and wires.
EASIER CLEANING
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.
OVERALL HEALTH
Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums — and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.
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