Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional dental braces. The differences between an aligner and dental braces are not only visible, they also differ in how they straighten teeth. Traditional dental braces apply force to the tooth. This force on the teeth also moves the tissue connected to the root causing it to stretch from its last position and compress in the direction the tooth is moving. This movement also causes the bone supporting the tooth to breakdown, to allow the tooth to move until reaches its final position. At that point, the bone and tissue heal up to providing a more permanent structure for the tooth.
The dentist at Wyndham Dentistry uses Invisalign brand aligners for their patient’s mild to moderate tooth correction needs. Invisalign is a clear, custom-made orthodontic aligner. Invisalign aligners gradually fix your teeth by moving them slightly vertically, horizontally, or by rotating them into the right position. The typical cases that are ideal for Invisalign are gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, overly crowded teeth and crossbites. Depending on the condition of your teeth Invisalign may resolve some complex cases. Consult the dentist at Wyndham Dental for more information.
Invisalign is a removable aligner that fits over the teeth. It gradually moves your teeth from its present position with a set of aligners that the progression that your teeth will follow built into the aligners. This means you will have to change aligners every few weeks or so to get the next position your teeth must move to. You will continue to change aligners and your teeth will continue to get straighter.
The best part about Invisalign is not having to deal with the look and feel of traditional wire braces. We recommend that the aligner is worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day. They should be removed while eating, cleaning your teeth, and while playing sports that require a mouthguard, this can’t be done with traditional metal braces. Best of all they are easy to clean. Never worry about wires getting in the way of flossing or hidden food particle getting caught, just remove and clean with denture cleaner, retainer cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Invisalign aligners are not well suited for children since their teeth are still growing and developing. The process will usually take between 10 and 24 months. The more your bite is off the longer it will take. If you had braces as a child, you can correct slightly shifted teeth in a little as 10 weeks.