Invisalign is an invisible method for straightening the teeth. Its main difference with retainers or braces is that these two are visible. Invisalign takes modern approach to straighten teeth using custom made series of aligners. These aligners are specifically for the person who needs them. Smooth, comfortable and invisible plastic is used to make the aligner trays that you eventually wear over the teeth. Wearing aligners shall gradually and gently shift the teeth into place based on exact movements that the dentist or orthodontist has planned out.
It does not require the use metal brackets for attaching to the teeth or wires for tightening. You will just wear in new set aligners roughly each 2 weeks until the end of treatment. Successful invisalign helps to achieve great smile with little interference to your daily life. The best thing about it is that most of the people your meet will not even notice that your in a process to straighten your teeth.
This is because the invisalign is about fitting removable see through aligners that are crafted specifically to fit the teeth perfectly. When treatment progresses over weeks and months, the teeth gradually straighten into proper positions as intended by dental practitioner.
Conditions Treated with Invisalign
Gaps between teeth can be caused by abnormal continued growth of jawbone. Missing teeth may also cause shifting of surrounding teeth because of extra space thereby creating gaps in the teeth. Spacing problems and gaps between teeth increase risk of gum problems and periodontal disease.
Overbite or overjet is a condition where upper teeth bite over lower teeth. The cause is genetics, underdevelopment of teeth supporting bone or bad oral habits. The condition might lead to gum irritation, painful jaw, wearing on lower teeth and joint problems.
Underbite occurs when lower teeth protrude past front teeth. It is caused by missing upper teeth, overgrowth of lower jaw or undergrowth of upper jaw. Underbite prevents normal functioning of front teeth or the molars leading to wear. It also causes joint problems and painful jaw.
Cross bite occurs due to misaligning of upper and lower jaws making on upper tooth or more to bite on inside of lower teeth. It can occur on the front or side of the mouth causing gum disease, tooth and bone loss.
Open bite occurs when some of the teeth cannot make physical contact with opposing teeth for proper bite. It is mostly caused by genetic abnormal jaw structure or even successful thumb sucking. Open bite causes painful or poor chewing, speech impairment and greater issues such as TMJ (Thermo-mandibular joint).
Invisalign helps in treating all the above conditions together. It is also used for treating over crowding of teeth as it might cause lack of space for all teeth to fit normally on the jaw increasing risk of crooked teeth, plaque accumulation, gum disease and plaque accumulation.