Invisalign braces are clear, removable plastic aligners. They are designed to straighten your teeth without the “metal mouth” appearance of traditional braces. The purpose of this article is to review this method of teeth straightening and to compare it to traditional braces. This article will also briefly review the issues that an Invisalign dentist would be able to help you with.
Invisalign are essentially invisible braces, custom-made for your teeth. They are made with the exact specifications to shift your teeth into the right place. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth. From these impressions, clear aligners are created to match your treatment plan.
Each pair of aligners is worn for a 2-week period. Typically, the treatment takes less than one year. Over the period of your treatment, your teeth will gradually evolve to produce the smile that you’ve always wanted.
There are a number of differences between Invisalign orthodontics and traditional braces. The aligners are removable, so you can take them off whenever you have a special occasion. However, to get the results that you want you need to be disciplined and follow the treatment plan as instructed by your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist.
As well as being clear and removable, Invisalign aligners have smooth edges, and do not involve metal wires or brackets. Many patients have found that the metal in traditional braces irritates the cheeks and gums and is the source of much discomfort.
Teeth and gum cleaning and maintenance are significantly easier with invisible braces than the traditional type. Since the aligners are removable, you may brush and floss your teeth as normal. With traditional braces, brushing and flossing is far more difficult and less effective.
Your Invisalign dentist will be familiar with five issues that are common with their patients’ teeth. These issues can all lead to serious dental health issues and should be corrected where possible.
1. Overbite – When your upper teeth bite over your lower teeth;
2. Underbite – When your upper teeth bite under your lower teeth;
3. Overly crowded teeth – When there is not enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit in normally;
4. Widely spaced teeth – When there is too much space between your teeth;
5. Crossbite – When some of your upper teeth bite above your lower teeth, and some bite under your lower teeth.
If you have any of these issues above, then Invisalign braces the treatment you are looking for.
Dental implant is a procedure in dentistry wherey an artificial tooth root is used in order to support reconstruction that resembles a group of teeth or a single tooth.
Today there are a number of implants available and each one is designed to perform a particular function. Titanium, an inactive metal or metal that is inert and which has been tested and recorded to be very effective in combining with the living bone, is used in most dental implants today. The process by which the living bone and the surface of the artificial titanium implant are structurally and functionally connected is called "Osseointegration".
The jawbone plays a very important role in Dental implant. The size and shape of the jawbone has a very vital role to play in terms of deciding the type of implant required in an individual. Where the jawbone is deep and wide, a screw type cylindrical implant which is called "root-form" very similar to the actual tooth root is placed. Where the bone of the jaw is short and narrow and it is almost impossible to place a root form implant, the jawbone area is enhanced by bone grafting which helps easy and effective placement of the root form implant. For short and narrow jawbones, which can not be enhanced by grafting of the bone, a special form of implant called the "plate form" implant is used. In cases where there has been a complex bone loss, another form of implant called the "subperiosteal" form of implant is prescribed.
Root Form Implants:
These are considered to be the closest in size and shape when compared with the root of the original tooth. They are mostly used in deep and wide jaw bones that provide a wide base for replacing one or more teeth. Once anesthetic is applied, the dentist poses the jawbone area where the implant needs to be placed and makes the bone ready to receive the implant. The dentist carefully sets the implant in place and then closes the gums with stitches. It takes about three to six months to a year for it to heal. This is when Oseointegration occurs and the bone starts growing around the implant. This creates a bond that is strong which is usually stronger than the previous original tooth. Once it heals completely, the dentist uncovers the implant and a cap is attached which acts like a strong unit to support the new teeth.
Plate Form Implants:
In cases where the jaw bone is too short or narrow and unsuitable for bone grafting, another type of implants called the plate form implants are used instead of root form implants. In this method a long and flat implant is fixed into the short or small jawbone. Once the dentist applies anesthetic, the dentist poses the jawbone area that needs the implantation to be done and prepares the bone such that it adjusts to the new shape. There is generally a healing period in this form of implant similar to that of the root form of implant where the Osseointegration occurs; however some of these implants are designed to restore immediately.
In extreme conditions where there has been a huge damage and the jaw bone is not sufficiently large or deep for the plate form or root form implant; an advanced subperiosteal form implant can also be suggested. This implant is tailor to rest on the top but is kept below the gums.[Top]