Nowadays, there are many methods for straightening teeth. The main method you are probably familiar with is braces—however, they are much more fashionable now in comparison to the old train track looking braces you may have come to know.
In this article, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about orthodontic designed invisible braces and exactly how they work, along with some other types of invisible braces.
Invisible braces are an attractive type of braces that are not meant to be as visually attention-grabbing as conventional braces. They are typically used to treat orthodontic conditions such as overbites, crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, or crooked teeth.
Invisible braces are primarily designed for older teenagers and adults. Younger teenagers may have invisible braces, but this must be subject to the judgment of your dentist.
Typically, there are different types of invisible braces. However, those that are orthodontically designed are what’s known as clear aligners.
Clear aligners are only available from orthodontists who are manufacturer-certified and trained to provide them. In contrast to the conventional braces, clear aligners are removable and are specially crafted by orthodontists to fit the shape of your teeth.
They do not have any brackets or wires and are also designed to be minimally invasive.
Despite the fact that clear aligners are removable may be considered an advantage (since it will be easier to brush and floss), it can be considered a disadvantage as sometimes it may be hard to consistently wear them.
Clear aligners are carefully designed to fit your teeth like a glove. The first step of the clear aligners process is the orthodontist will perform a 3D scan of your teeth.
This is so that they can arrive at a diagnosis and identify problem points with your teeth and to then gauge how your teeth can be straightened.
With this diagnosis, the orthodontist and their team will create a model replica of your teeth. This software is designed to visualise your smile and create a treatment process, adjusting what position each tooth—especially the problem points—should be moved to.
This model will be used to create plastic aligners which, when worn, will assert gentle pressure on the teeth so that they begin to reposition.
So, essentially, clear aligners are designed to force your teeth to move into a new position so that all of your teeth can be straightened. The goal is to achieve a healthy bite in which the top and bottom rows of your teeth properly fit together.
It is generally recommended that clear aligners be worn 22 hours a day.
A set of aligners are usually worn for one week and then a new set will be made for the next week. Your teeth will gradually reposition themselves so that by the last set they are completely straightened.
Occasionally, your orthodontist can even show you a visualisation of how your teeth will be straightened over time with the usage of clear aligners.
There are a number of advantages with clear aligners, most notably, they are known to work faster than conventional braces. They can usually take effect in around 6 months which makes it very convenient for you.
They are also known to be more cost-effective than braces as you don’t need to pay extra fees for events like if a bracket falls out of place.
Moreover, clear aligners are precise. This is because the orthodontist is able to identify specific problem points in your teeth and the aligners are designed to specifically target these problem points.
Other advantages include the following:
1). They are removable, which makes it easier to clean your teeth.
2). They are not flashy, which means people won’t see them.
3). They are comfortable since there are no wires that rub against the inside of your lips and cheeks.
4). They boost your confidence because of its invisibility!
As we can see from above, there are a number of benefits with clear aligners. They give the opportunity for those that need to have their teeth straightened the chance to do so without the need for cumbersome, traditional braces.
If you are searching for a dental clinic in the Cranbourne area to have your teeth straightened, or for any other dental procedure, then look no further than Shine Dental Group.
Shine Dental Group offers a full array of dental services to help you and your family maintain healthy teeth and are a trusted and reliable dentist in Cranbourne.
To learn more about our services or make an appointment, please contact us today on (03) 5995 9789.