Is Invisalign Right For You?

If you’re looking for a way to correct misaligned teeth as an adult, orthodontic treatments have come a long way in the last decade or two. Leading this pack of revolutionary treatments is Invisalign, an almost invisible set of retainers which gradually work to realign your smile.

It’s effective at treating various dental issues in adults, including correcting overbites, underbites and it can realign crooked teeth. For these cases it acts in much the same way as traditional braces, but it makes use of modern technology to provide results without interfering with the looks of a patient.

The treatment itself involves a series of clear plastic retainers, which are custom printed for each unique set of teeth. The patient will replace the retainer every couple of weeks with one that helps move the teeth a little closer to the desired position. The treatment will be complete once the dentist is satisfied with the final alignment of the teeth.

The real selling point of Invisalign, other than the big improvements it can make to someone’s smile, is how discrete the treatment is. The retainers are made from thin, clear plastic, which means they are barely noticeable to the outside observer. People find it gives them the confidence to smile properly during the treatment as their teeth are gradually transformed.

There are various other advantages over traditional braces. There are no wires or brackets involved in the treatment, which many people find make them less intrusive than traditional orthodontic procedures.

Invisalign also requires less intervention from the dentist than traditional braces. While braces will normally have to be adjusted every few weeks as they lose shape and tension, Invisalign patients simply switch to a new retainer. It applies an optimal amount of pressure to the teeth for the 2 weeks that the retainer is in place, before the patient moves to the next one and the process repeats. This means fewer dental visits and less hassle all round.

While it’s extremely effective at treating numerous orthodontic issues, not everyone will be a suitable candidate for the treatment. Some more complex orthodontic issues will require other treatments, and while Invisalign can often be incorporated as part of the treatment it’s not always the sole solution.

To find out if Invisalign could work for you the best thing to do is make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist who specialises in Invisalign treatment. They’ll be able to assess your smile and determine if you’re a suitable candidate or will recommend an alternative treatment.

 

Teeth Straightening – The Facts

Have you had enough of crooked teeth?

Many people are born with crooked teeth. However, in some cases, perfectly straight teeth can become crooked for a variety of reasons. Sometimes straight teeth can become crooked as the structure of your mouth changes with age. In a lot of cases, after tooth loss the remaining teeth can move and become crooked. Teeth straightening can be achieved by a variety of different cosmetic dental techniques. Not everyone needs to have fixed wire braces or wear unsightly headgear to achieve a perfectly aligned smile. There are several options available to you in terms of teeth straightening.

Fixed orthodontic braces.

From a young age, we associate fixed braces as the traditional way that teeth are straightened. Orthodontic braces usually have metal wires attached to the front surfaces of the teeth using brackets. Over time, these brackets and wires are progressively tightened to apply gentle pressure to the teeth and encourage them to move into a straighter position. Obviously, the time it takes to straighten the teeth will depend on the amount of movement required to align your teeth. However, your orthodontist or dentist will be able to advise you how long you will have the braces fixed, following an initial examination or consultation. Nowadays, there is a very wide variety of brackets and brace systems available. There are now smaller tooth coloured ceramic brackets and friction free brace systems available such as the Damon system.

Lingual braces.

Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, as they too involve brackets and wires. However, they are different in that the braces are fitted to the back of the teeth instead of the traditional way of attaching them to the front of the teeth. This means that they are not as visible and can save much of the embarrassment associated with the wearing of braces. Lingual braces can be quite uncomfortable and difficult to get accustomed to. They can also be used to correct severe orthodontic cases.

Invisalign.

The Invisalign system aims to achieve perfect teeth straightening results without the need for visible wires (which can be a source of embarrassment for some people). Invisalign works by slowly moving your teeth into the desired position using a system of clear aligners that look like transparent gum shields. The process involves the aligners being changed every fortnight. The main advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is that you can remove them to clean your teeth and to eat. This system is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for the straightening of adult teeth.

Inman Aligner.

The Inman Aligner is a hybrid between an invisible brace system and a metal brace system. It is not as “invisible” as Invisalign (as it has metal components) but it relies on a removable aligner that moves the teeth by applying force to them over time. The Inman Aligner is normally quicker than Invisalign. It is also therefore, more affordable.

Damon Braces

Damon braces are an alternative to conventional braces that are “friction free”. They involve less irritation, as they do not have any elastic ties or bands. This makes them more comfortable and so provides faster tooth straightening results than a treatment using conventional braces would.

Get Whiter Teeth

Just like everyone wants six-pack abs, the whole world wants whiter teeth too. In fact, most people would probably be willing to forego their overall dental hygiene if it meant they could just flash a brighter smile. Fortunately, this isn’t necessary. You can do a number of things that will help get your smile whiter and keep it like that without doing any damage to the overall quality of health your mouth is experiencing.

Stop Making Things Harder on Yourself

You may be surprised how much easier it is to keep your teeth nice and white when you’re working with them, not against them. Too many people have no idea how much harder they’re making it on themselves by the foods and drinks they consume on a regular basis. Thanks to the hygienists at davidcashel.com for their help with this piece.

Start cutting back on the following foods today: dark soda, red wine, black tea, coffee. Not only do these drinks stain your teeth, giving you more work to do in order to get them white, they also damage them over and over with every gulp.

If you find it too difficult not to have them—for example, if you need coffee to stay awake at work—drink it through a straw so the liquid has minimal contact with your teeth.

It’s not just about what you drink though. The foods you eat can be just as bad. Things like ketchup, soy sauce and just about anything that’s high in acidity. Yes, this even means citrus fruits you may be eating to enjoy better health. Sadly, they hurt your teeth, so if you must have them, wash your mouth out immediately.

These foods are damaging not just because of acidity though, but because the sugar in them feeds bacteria living in your mouth. Feeding them means they get to do more damage to your enamel.

Brush Better

Hopefully, it comes as no surprise that you have to brush your teeth regularly to achieve a whiter smile. This means at least twice a day, but you should strive to do better by making time to do it after every meal. If you can’t make this happen, then at least wash your mouth out after every meal and look to fit one more brushing in between the other two.

When you do brush, though, make sure you’re not doing more harm than good. If you’re brushing too hard, the bristles on your brush will eventually damage the enamel you’re trying to protect.

Lastly, use a timer to ensure you’re brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. Divide the top of your mouth into two halves, do the same with the bottom and then spend 30 seconds on each.

DIY Whitening

You can spend a lot of money at the store buying all kinds of whitening products. Professional bleaching is even more expensive. However, you can also use baking soda for a DIY supplement. Just put a little on top of the toothpaste you normally use once it’s on the brush. You can also use it by itself if that’s easier.

Do this once a week for a month and then quit, as too much baking soda is bad for your teeth. To find out how often you can repeat this regimen, speak to your dentist and g et their recommendation on the matter.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Aside from avoiding the bad foods we mentioned above, you also need plenty of vitamin D and calcium in your diet. Combined with regular sun exposure, vitamin D helps your body absorb greater amounts of calcium which ultimately produce teeth capable of warding off that which would stain them.

Getting whiter teeth is far from impossible and doesn’t need to be expensive either. Just implement the above advice for better results or checkout the following video.