At Merry Dental PC, we have come to realize that one of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. Dr. Marjan Fakhri changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.
Can Invisalign Correct the Same Orthodontic Issues that Regular Braces 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.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
• Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable and help support a good oral hygiene regimen. A patient can continue to brush and floss every tooth with ease while not having to navigate around a bracket and wires.
• Invisalign has reported to regularly improve periodontal tissue health.
• You can eat whatever you want without worry of getting it stuck in brackets! Simply remove your Invisalign aligners during meals or snacks and pop them back in when you are done!
• Patients with Invisalign do not have to deal with metal brackets scraping their cheeks!
• Invisalign is superior to traditional braces because it is virtually invisible. Patients do not have to think twice during those Kodak Moments. They can either remove their aligners or simply keep them in because no one can see them anyway!
How To Get Started with Invisalign
First, Dr. Fakhri 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?
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to. The trays 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 be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.
If you have questions about Invisalign®, please contact us at Merry Dental PC