Dental Invisalign is becoming the next big thing to braces. This orthodontic treatment is made of a custom-made plastic tray that patients wear over their teeth. Just like braces, the Invisalign aligners aim to fix teeth that are misaligned or crooked. However, Invisalign is attracting patients more than braces used to because of its advantages.
The term Invisalign is coined from the words “invisible” and “aligners” since they are literally, almost invisible. That’s one notable benefit its users now enjoy. They can wear clear aligners without worrying about the attention-grabbing metal wires.
Since it’s also removable, the patient can easily take off the tray for a while to clean their teeth and the appliance thoroughly. Nevertheless, dentists advise is to wear a clear aligner for at least 22 hours a day to maximize its effects. After a week or two, the dentist provides a new tray which is tighter than the previous one so the teeth gradually move to the proper position.
Common dental problems that Invisalign can correct
Crooked or misaligned teeth are one of the most common orthodontic issues. Usually, this is a result of an early tooth loss, like losing baby teeth or a primary permanent tooth. Missing teeth can trigger the other teeth to misalign as they will start to move to the gap. Sometimes, this can go unnoticed that’s why patients will need orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can easily fix minor crooked teeth issues.
Some patients have mouths that are too small to have all of their teeth fit. In effect, the bites overlap each other and don’t leave enough spaces for any brush or floss to clean in between them. Eventually, this leads to bacteria buildup in places that are hard to reach or penetrate. Clear aligners will correct this issue.
An underbite is a condition where the lower teeth are protruding over the upper teeth. This is a major factor in a patient suffering from speech problems, such as lisping. It also makes it hard to chew food properly as the teeth don’t meet correctly to grind the food. If this is your issue, you may consult your Invisalign dentist to improve your teeth alignment.
Opposite to the underbites, the overbite is where the upper bites overlap the lower teeth. It protrudes in a way that makes it hard for a patient to close their mouth, speak properly, or chew correctly. This problem also gives a challenge to the patient when brushing their teeth. Your dentist can correct this successfully with invisible dental aligners.
Thumb-sucking and pacifier use greatly contributes to an open bite problem. That’s why dentists encourage parents to actively involve in their children’s oral hygiene routines and observe their oral practices. In that way, they can easily manage if their kids begin to form a kind of oral habit. However, it can’t be helped sometimes. Open bites are culprits to speech problems and to fix this the patient should use dental aligners.
If a gap in between teeth is too spacious this is an open door to periodontal disease. Teeth gaps can easily trap or lodge food and easily buildup disease-causing bacteria. Even if you clean your teeth too often, there is no guarantee that you can maintain its health. It’s best to close in those spaces with Invisalign. You will not only keep your oral health, but you will also improve the look of your smile.
A crossbite is where the upper teeth fit behind the lower teeth. When the patient with a crossbite closes their mouth, the upper and lower bites do not come together correctly. This type of malocclusion could easily wear down your teeth and could lead to a painful gum recession. With Invisalign, the bites can gradually correct to the proper placement.
To understand more about Invisalign, your Newmarket dentist will be happy to meet you for a consultation. It’s best to see your dentist so they may be able to assess your smile thoroughly and find the most suitable improvement method.