Invisalign in Edmonton
For Long Term Oral Health
So many of us have looked in the mirror and thought about the possibility of braces. The result being a well aligned smile and relief from self-consciousness sounds great at first. That is, until we consider the process involved in installing, adjusting and removing traditional metal braces for a course of treatment.
Not only do metal braces stand-out prominently on the teeth, but sharp brackets and wires and the irritation caused to the cheeks and tongue may not sound worth to trade. If you haven’t heard about Invisalign® here’s what you need to know about this revolutionary alignment correction system.
Invisalign® therapy is a very different approach to the way that we have traditionally aligned our teeth. Usually, metal braces use brackets that are bonded to the teeth and attached to wires that wrap around the teeth from bracket to bracket. As the orthodontist makes adjustments to the braces, pressure is exerted on the teeth from the outside of the arch, unless lingual braces are being used. In that case, the brackets and wire would be placed behind the lower teeth. Cells called osteoclasts and osteoblasts help the teeth to respond to this pressure by slowly changing their placement while bone is rotated from one side and replaced on the other side to keep the teeth well-anchored into the bone socket.
Invisalign® uses what we know about traditional orthodontic therapy and offers an unobtrusive alternative for people whose teeth are mildly to moderately out of alignment. Invisalign® is a program which uses a series of clear dental trays, known as aligners, which are custom made to fit snugly over the teeth and move them into alignment as the aligners dictate in their incremental changes over time. While traditional braces are still required for cases of severe malocclusion, Invisalign® has helped thousands fix mild to moderate alignment problems.
How to Get Started with Invisalign®
If you think that Invisalign® could be right for you, we invite to book a consultation with our clinic to discuss the possibility with your dentist. In order to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign® therapy, your dentist will conduct or refer to digital X-rays of your teeth and jaw. New digital X-ray technology allows us to look at a hypothetical representation of the potential result after Invisalign® treatment. Your dentist will be able to inform you of the cost of Invisalign® treatment as well as the potential cost of any additional complementary procedures as part of the program, such as tooth shaping, if applicable.
We Use Itero Technology
Caring for Your Teeth and Gums
Aligners offer a pleasing esthetic comparatively, but there are some things you should know about caring for your teeth throughout Invisalign® treatment. The aligners in the Invisalign® series are clear and can be removed for special occasions. We say special occasions, because in order to be effective, Invisalign® aligners should be worn for the recommended 22 hours per day. Your aligners will trap food and acid, be subject to stains and vulnerable to breakage if you eat while wearing them. The aligners should be removed every time you consume a meal or beverage that is not pure uncarbonated water. In order to prevent losing the aligners, they should be stored in their container during meal times and never on a napkin that could be discarded accidentally. The aligners don’t stand out against backgrounds, so it is critical to be diligent with using the case.
Cleaning After Eating
After eating a meal, it is recommended that you brush and floss your teeth before reintroducing the aligners. Since aligners fit so snugly to the teeth, they are effective traps for any bacteria between the teeth and along the gum line. Keeping your teeth this clean throughout your 12-18-month treatment with Invisalign® may offer surprising benefits aside from straighter teeth. Many Invisalign® wearers have reported an improvement in their overall oral health as a result of the hygiene regimen required for Invisalign®.
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