Straighter teeth undoubtedly look more attractive, but it’s relatively rare to have a perfectly aligned smile. While many people straighten their teeth as children, others never had the chance. Some people received orthodontic treatment as a child but have subsequently seen their teeth shift position. This is something called an orthodontic relapse, and it can occur because of ageing or when someone didn’t wear their retainers correctly following completion of treatment.
If you are considering straightening your smile this year, the good news is there is no need to have a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. These days it’s possible to straighten your teeth discreetly with adult orthodontics. Here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, we offer a popular orthodontic system called Invisalign, and you may already be a little familiar with it. Chances are you already have friends, family or acquaintances who have used Invisalign in Newcastle.
Invisalign is an extremely popular adult orthodontic system that is used worldwide and with good reason. It achieves predictable results and is suitable for a wide variety of orthodontic problems. However, the main reason patients like the system are because it’s so discreet. It consists of aligners made from thin plastic that fit comfortably over your teeth. Because they are so thin, they are virtually invisible, although you may notice a slight halo effect around your teeth, but only if you really look hard.
Easy to Use
Another reason why people like Invisalign braces in Clarington is because they are so easy to use. With fixed braces, you must spend time cleaning around the brackets and wires thoroughly. Plaque and food debris can often become trapped around them, and unless thoroughly removed will increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. There are no such problems with Invisalign because the aligners are removable.
You simply take them out whenever you want to eat or drink something, and when you brush and floss your teeth. Instead of having to use different tools to clean around your braces, you can brush and floss normally, so it’s super easy to maintain excellent oral hygiene right throughout treatment. All you need do is make sure you reinsert the aligners after eating and after brushing. It’s important not to forget this as they must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to work effectively.
Every set of aligners is worn for two weeks, then you discard them and move onto the next set. Your treatment continues until your teeth are moved into positions pre-determined during the planning phase.
How is Treatment Planned?
Initially, we will need to assess your teeth and gums to ensure treatment is right for your needs. The stage is to plan how your teeth will move using advanced technology. Instead of traditional, messy and uncomfortable tray impressions, we scan your teeth, taking a digital impression that is very accurate. It is a far more comfortable process, and the data collected is transformed into a 3-D image showing your teeth and gums.
Specialized Invisalign software uses this information to create a simulated image showing how your teeth will look after treatment is complete. Of course, you can view this image, which is a great way to assess the efficacy of treatment before you even begin. Once you are happy with the proposed treatment plan, your custom aligners are created and we will show you how to insert and remove them, and how to care for them.
The Potential Hidden Advantage of Teeth Straightening
If your teeth are significantly overlapping or out of alignment, adult orthodontics in Courtice could help improve your oral health. This is because straighter teeth are easier to brush and floss properly. The better your oral hygiene, the less chance of developing dental diseases.