What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made clear aligning trays. Dr. Steier changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration of the patient. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions. This means that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® and the stunning results.
What Can Invisalign® Treat?
Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces. The only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.
Here are some problems that Invisalign® can correct:
Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.
Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces Or Veneers
Traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligning trays and porcelain veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when considering which treatment will be best, and each of these options work better in certain situations.
Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.
Invisalign® is preferable to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.
For the Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Steier first needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays. We will take three-dimensional digital images of the entire jaw. These images allow her to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. In essence, this technology can show how Invisalign® trays will change the facial aesthetics.
Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch is typical.
What Are Some Considerations When Wearing Invisalign® Trays?
It may take you several week to get used to life with Invisalign® aligning trays. You should wear the trays constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks. You can visually see the progress between appointments. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions about Invisalign®, please call (561) 395-3190 to schedule a consultation. Steier Dental Implants & Prosthodontics serves Boca Raton and surrounding areas in Florida.