20 April 2017
Medical Standard

Will Invisalign Work for You?

Person Using InvisalignThe benefits of a straight and beautiful smile go beyond improving your appearance. It can also boost your confidence and lower your risk for dental health problems like gum disease. Advancements in dentistry have now made it possible to straighten your teeth without the use of metal brackets or fixed braces. Invisalign offers a discreet and clear way to enhance your smile.

This method will make it easier for you to make the decision to wear braces and straighten your teeth. This is because it won’t require major lifestyle changes and you won’t need to worry about gum and mouth problems, which are an issue in other types of braces.

Clear and Removable

Invisalign or invisible braces are made of removable plastic aligners, customised to your teeth. Just like traditional braces, they use gentle forces to move your teeth in the right position. You may need to wear them for a few weeks before switching to a new set. As the aligners are removable, there are no food restrictions and changes in your oral hygiene.

Treatable Orthodontic Cases

These braces seem like the best straightening option, so you may wonder if they will work for you. Invisalign can treat many orthodontic issues, including those that require the use of metal wires and brackets. It can treat minor and complex cases like a gapped smile, overcrowding of teeth, and malocclusion. Other treatable cases include:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite

Length of Treatment

The duration of the treatment will depend on your individual case, but it may take between nine to 18 months. Note, however, that you will need to wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours daily for the braces to be effective. You can remove them temporarily when eating, drinking, brushing, or when attending a special occasion.

If you’re considering invisible braces or wondering if they are right for you, see a dentist on an Invisalign provider. This is because a thorough exam and a review of your health history are necessary to determine your suitability. When it comes to the cost, it will depend on the severity of the problem and course of the treatment.

12 April 2017

Straighten Your Teeth and Reduce Your Waistline?

Woman with Invisalign BracesIf you’ve been researching different ways to get your teeth straightened then it’s more than likely that by now you will have come across a system called Invisalign. It’s popular choice because it doesn’t involve metal and wires but gumshield-like aligners that slip over your teeth and are almost invisible.

Many dentists offer Invisalign, including the Dental Care Partnership in Sutton Coldfield.

How it works

Using Invisalign clear braces is somewhat different from the more well-known brackets and wire braces systems most often associated with teeth straightening. Invisalign uses transparent plastic trays, rather like mouth guards, that slide snugly over the teeth. These are so thin that it is almost impossible to see them.

The trays are made specifically for each patient in a laboratory in the United States, from impressions of their teeth taken by their dentist. The lab also uses information sent by the dentist to calculate the path that the teeth need to travel along to reach their required alignment. The laboratory makes a series of aligner trays. Each one is designed slightly differently from the previous one, marking another step along the journey that the teeth will take. The pressure from each slight move forward in tray design is what nudges the teeth along their path.

The patient wears each aligner for about 2 weeks before moving on to the next one. The number of aligners varies between 12 to 48.

Invisalign has another great advantage in that the aligners are removable, so cleaning is much easier. It also means that the patient can leave them off entirely for a few hours if they have to attend an important social or professional event.

About that waistline

Invisalign’s other hidden advantage is that people often lose weight when using the treatment. This is because they need to wear it for at least 22 hours a day, so mindless snacking becomes much harder. Also, people stop drinking coloured drinks in order not to discolour the aligners, and so cut out even more calories. It’s known as the Invisalign Diet, and it’s touted as a good way to lose weight by bloggers.