Invisalign Clear Aligners
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an option available to many patients as an alternative to traditional metal or ceramic braces. Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear trays (or aligners) that are custom made specifically to move your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, the clear aligners are not bulky, do not hinder toothbrushing and are able to be worn without being detectable to others.
How does Invisalign work?
The first step to Invisalign treatment is an orthodontic assessment to determine if you are a candidate. For a new patient, this would involve a comprehensive exam to ensure there are no cavities or untreated periodontal (gum) disease. This will involve pictures, a complete dental exam including any necessary x-rays to determine your oral health status.
Once any treatment has been completed to ensure your oral health is stable, we will take impressions and orthodontic photos to send to the lab to have a treatment plan created. The treatment plan will take 7-14 days to be ready for review. The interesting part of reviewing the treatment plan is that you will be able to see your teeth move in a three-dimensional video!
What types of malocclusion can Invisalign treat?
Crowded teeth are a common complaint in terms of aesthetics. Crowded teeth can also contribute to gum disease and cavities as with crowded teeth there are more nooks and crannies for the bacteria in plaque to adhere to. Having crooked teeth makes them harder to keep clean with brushing and flossing for the same reasons. By straightening crooked teeth you are reducing your risk of gum disease and cavities.
Gaps in front teeth are usually mainly an aesthetic concern although a gappy smile may be an indication of recession and periodontal disease. Gaps are treated by gradually moving the teeth closer together.
Crossbite is when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth when the teeth are in occlusion. This condition can vary in severity and can often be treated by Invisalign. Having your teeth in crossbite puts you at a greater risk of fracturing or cracking a tooth, which can quickly become a dental emergency.
Overbite is when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth. This occlusion can cause a “deep bite” with risk of your lower teeth causing damage to the upper teeth as well as causing eventual TMJ pain.
Are you a candidate?
If you are considering straightening your teeth, please let us know! We can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign based on our clinical findings. At Simcoe Family Dentistry we are happy to offer a complimentary records appointment as long as you have had a comprehensive oral exam at our office!