Invisalign and Braces
“I DON’T SMILE IN PHOTOS”
“I HAVE ALWAYS HATED MY TEETH”
Confidence is one of the most important attributes in successful people.
At school, kids who are most confident in sports are selected for school team and children who are confident in performing joins the school theatre production.
When job seeking, having a winning smile can make a lasting first impression during job interview. Insecurities about your teeth during job interviews may be interpreted as lack of confidence and interpersonal skills crucial to successful business meetings.
In life, a person with healthy and straight teeth are more likely to be viewed as happy, fun and someone who looks after themselves. Research shows it is much easier to score a first date on a dating site with straight teeth and then a second date after.
Keeping your teeth and gum clean is so much easier when you have straight teeth! Crowded and crooked teeth traps bacteria, causing cavities/tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
Bite problems can cause damage to teeth, including: worn down teeth, broken teeth and fillings, nerve damage, headaches, jaw pains and even split tooth.
How can I straighten my teeth?
Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces
Just like traditional metal braces, Invisalign moves your teeth into optimal alignment for a better bite and smile. However, there are specific advantages to choosing Invisalign over metal braces.
Invisalign aligners are removable and you can brush and floss your teeth as you did before treatment. Unlike braces no food particles are caught on metal brackets and you don’t have to thread floss between wires and teeth.
With braces, certain foods could bend the wires or pop the brackets.
Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you need to take them out before meals, and then eat anything you want. Just make sure you brush your teeth after eating to avoid staining your clear aligners.
Sticky and hard foods that can damage the wires or bands, or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth.
Foods to avoid with braces include:
- Chewy foods — bagels, hard rolls, liquorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — chewy candy
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Also, limit consumption of sugary foods and drinks while having braces to reduce plaque build up.
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and can usually be worn undetected. Smile with Confident!
Invisalign treatment planed starts with a digital scan of your teeth to produce accurate 3D images of your teeth, then a detailed treatment plan for the teeth alignment can map out the different stages of your teeth positioning and a custom aligners can be made using Invisalign’s state-of-the-art printing process.
From your treatment plan, you will know how long you can expect Invisalign treatment to take to achieve the straight smile you want. Keep in mind that you’ll need to wear your clear aligners for at least 20 hours a day to stay on track with your plan.
A scheduled six weeks appointments are required to ensure your teeth are moving into proper alignment. You will also receive your new set of aligners to wear at least 20 to 22 hours a day. The appointments are much shorter than braces appointments, as braces must be adjusted at each appointment.
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What can Braces fix?
Braces can give you the straight and healthy smile you desire by using wires and brackets to naturally move teeth into the right position. It is especially effective to treat complex alignment and bite issues
Overlapping and crooked teeth due to lack of space.
This is the main reason people often seek straightening!
Increases bacteria trapping and difficult to clean.
When the top teeth are too far in front of the lower teeth.
Bottom lip sometimes get caught under front teeth. Higher risk of teeth wearing down, jaw pain, headaches and breathing problems.
Upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth.
Bottom teeth sometimes bites into the gums above.
Teeth will wear down quicker, face will look shorter and older.
Top jaw too narrow to match the bottom jaw properly.
Smile looks very narrow and unconfident.
Causes lots of uneven teeth wear, jaw joint issues from being loaded unevenly.
Anterior crossbite or Underbite:
Lower front teeth further forward than upper one.
Could involve single tooth (anterior crossbite) or even the whole jaw (underbite).
Unable to bite through foods with front teeth.
Gaps between many teeth.
Teeth often looking very small.
Gap between the two upper front teeth.
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Teeth which are unable to erupt properly.
Due to either teeth coming through on too much of an angle, or not enough space for teeth to fit.
Gaps in the smile where teeth are missing.
Teeth may not have grown in the first place, or were lost due to trauma/damage.
Upper teeth do not meet the lower teeth.
Could be due to thumb sucking, tongue thrusting.
Frequently Asked Questions
While result speed varies between patients, some patients may begin to notice a subtle difference within 10 to 12 weeks.
Most orthodontists advise patients to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day.
While traditional metal braces require somewhere between 18 and 24 months, the average length of treatment with Invisalign is 12 months.
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