Invisible aligners; a clear way to the perfect smile

dentist holding translucent aligners

Invisalign Wagga has shown how dental demand has changed especially over the past decade. The ability to send images of ourselves, especially our faces all around the world to friends and family has seen an increase in demand for that million dollar smile. Technology has given us smartphones with cameras producing exceptional quality images and dental technology has kept pace. Dentists now have a variety of treatments that they can offer patients to correct gapping teeth, crooked, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, etc.

Why would I need aligners?

The symptoms that indicate that there may be problems with a patient’s smile can be teeth that are not straight, or that are difficult to get between the teeth to floss. Another obvious symptom is a tendency to frequently bite the tongue or cut the tongue on a tooth.

At what age should orthodontic treatment start?

It is recommended to bring children in to visit a dentist when they are infants to allow them to get used to the surroundings equipment and staff. Regular check ups are advised at the same time intervals as adults, again, to establish a routine. Milk teeth will usually have served their purpose by the age of six and the new teeth will start to push through. By the age of ten, the permanent teeth should all be visible and if necessary aligners and braces can start to be used to correct imperfections.

Aligners that make the difference

Invisible aligners have been designed using the latest technology and are made from a specially formulated multilayer, medical grade material. These aligners have been engineered to provide the most efficient and clinically proven results. The tray system which fits snugly and comfortably around the teeth applies a gentle controlled constant force which slowly eases the teeth to the desired location.

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What is the process?

The first step in the process is to arrange a dental appointment for an examination to decide which treatment best suits a particular patient’s needs. Once a decision has been taken to proceed with the treatment, a series of X-rays and oral pictures are taken and impressions of the teeth are made. These are then dispatched to the laboratory for the technicians to produce a 3D model, as well as a computerised model of how the process of moving the teeth will work. The dentist can then view this on a computer and suggest whatever alterations are necessary. The different trays are then made, each one slightly different to the next, each moving the teeth gradually in the same direction. The aligners are then fitted to the teeth in the correct order at least a week at a time until the teeth are located as designed.

How long must they be worn?

The whole process can take weeks to months depending on each individual’s requirements and situation. They must be worn for at least twenty hours a day but they can be removed for eating and for brushing and flossing. Once the correct position of the teeth has been achieved it will be necessary to continue wearing the aligners to allow the jawbone to settle into the new position. Regular dental visits will be necessary to monitor progress and to advise when the aligners may be removed permanently.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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