Teeth are Wealth: The Important Step by Step Stages of Invisalign Treatment

Self-confidence is a feeling of trusting and believing in what you are capable of doing. It directly reflects on your face and gets translated on your smile. However, some people tend to lose self-confidence when they smile because of some dental conditions.

Unaligned bites and crooked teeth are the dental problems that will usually impede you from giving out your best and perfect smile. Traditional braces treatment has been a popular solution to the problem for many years. However, you may find the “metal-mouth” appearance not look good for you.

With the significant help of technological advancement, dentistry has reached its point of development in giving people the best dental services possible. Hence, Invisalign dental treatment has come to existence. Read the article below to see how Invisalign works and to know how it will help you bring back your self-confidence.

See an Orthodontist

If unaligned bites and crooked teeth are the reasons why you can’t smile to people you meet every day, Invisalign will be the best solution for you. The first thing you must do is to see an experienced dentist for a free consultation. The dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth to plan the Invisalign treatment that suits your dental needs.

Remember that not all orthodontists are capable of doing Invisalign treatment. Make sure that the one you’ve chosen has enough knowledge, training, and experience of doing the job for you to get the assurance of getting the best results.

You can contact an orthodontist near your area, or you can surf the internet to look for the best one. If you’ve finally found one, you must ask all of your questions to the dentist for a better understanding of the whole process.

Plan the Treatment

After the free consultation, the dentist will explain the whole treatment process. The doctor will make a three-dimensional image of your teeth for better understanding in conceptualizing the plan. It includes the blueprint of the different stages of the teeth alignment as well as the estimated timeframe for each phase.

Put the Invisalign On

After the explanation of the dentist about the whole treatment process, the clear plastic aligners will be ready for you. You have to wear the aligners every day for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. If you want to see good results as set in the timeframe by your dentist, don’t take them off for too long.

At first, you’ll feel something unusual with the aligners on your teeth. It will take days, weeks, and even months for you to get used to it. One good thing about these clear braces, they won’t give you irritation as well as small cuts like what the traditional braces do.

The clear aligners are very convenient to use. If you want to eat and enjoy your favorite food, you can take out the braces. Just put them back after you eat and clean your teeth.
Monitor the Progress



As part of the treatment process, you need to see your dentist regularly. You’ll usually get a new set of clear aligners every two weeks. However, the interval of having a new set of clear aligners still depends on your dental condition. If there’s a need to change the aligners twice a week, you will have it. It depends on your doctor’s discretion.

The doctor will make adjustments with every set of aligners. If the dentist has successfully achieved the goal of using the first set in moving the four front teeth to their proper locations, another set of aligners will be created to move another group of teeth to their correct position.

The process will continue until the doctor successfully positions all of the patient’s teeth correctly. That’s why patients mustn’t miss attending the regular appointment with the dentist. Otherwise, there will be a delay in the success of the Invisalign treatment.

See the Results

You’ll see the good results of undergoing an invisalign procedure after the considerable time of religiously following your doctor’s advice of do’s and don’ts. You can see all of your teeth are in their correct positions. You’ll enjoy smiling at people you meet every day while exposing your white and straight teeth.

After the treatment, the dentist will give you retainers with the same materials used in your aligners. The doctor will place them at the back of your teeth to keep the aesthetic after the treatment. You can wear the retainers to keep your teeth in place permanently until your dentist tells you so.

Takeaway

To smile is the simplest way to say that you’re okay and happy. If you have dental issues, you tend to feel shy to talk to people around you. If traditional braces don’t work well for you, you can try Invisalign treatment. See your dentist now for free consultation and start planning the treatment process that suits you to help you get back your self-confidence.

Author Bio
Greaibel Gomez is a part-time writer who’s currently living in Quebec, Canada. He is interested in writing about lifestyle, food, and especially about health. He often uses Gorton and Schmohl Orthodontics as his reference for his works. During the weekends, Greaibel plays outdoor games such as basketball and frisbee.

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How do Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

When we talk about braces, the first thing that comes to mind is the shiny metallic brackets which are attached at the front of our teeth, and how they become visible while speaking or smiling. On the other hand, braces are one of the most efficient methods of straightening crooked or misaligned teeth. So, what if we could utilize the effectiveness of teeth braces while avoiding their anesthetic appearance? Yes, that’s possible, thanks to braces behind the teeth, or lingual braces.

lingual braces
WIN – Lingual Braces (other systems are available)

What are Braces Behind the Teeth?

Unlike the conventional braces, lingual braces are attached at the back of our teeth. In this way, they are completely invisible, and they do not affect your smile and facial esthetics. They are attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth in a similar way which is used for conventional braces.



What are the Steps in Getting Braces Behind the Teeth?

The process for getting braces behind the teeth is similar to the conventional metal braces.

  • Examination and Treatment Planning – First, your dentist will perform a detailed clinical examination of your teeth to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate. Next, after thoroughly evaluating the study models and radiographic images of your teeth and surrounding structures, a detailed treatment plan will be prepared which will be customized according to your dental needs.
  • Attaching the Brackets – In the next appointment, your dentist will attach braces at the back of your teeth and pass the archwire. You may feel slight discomfort or chaffing of the tongue in the early days. However, you will get used to it very soon.

How Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

Lingual braces work in a similar way to the braces which are attached at the front of teeth. Each bracket consists of small slots through which the archwire passes.

  • The Arch Wires – The archwire is attached to the teeth by using rubber elastics, or ties. The relative tightness/springiness of the archwire generates a force which moves the teeth into the desired direction.
  • Adjustments – After every 6-8 weeks, your orthodontist will adjust or replace the archwire so that the teeth continue to move towards ideal alignment.
  • Consolidation – Once the treatment has been completed, your orthodontist will give you a fixed or removable retainer which will make sure that your teeth do not move back into their previous position.

Braces behind the teeth offer several benefits over the conventional brackets, like superior aesthetics and in some cases, a shorter treatment time. On the other, they are not suitable for treating all types of orthodontic problems. In addition, some patients complain of difficulty in eating and speech. The lingual braces are also slightly more expensive than the conventional ones. However, if we compare them with the Invisalign aligners, they are certainly one step ahead in terms of efficiency and speed of treatment. So, if you’re looking for combining the superior efficiency of conventional braces with the virtual invisibility of Invisalign aligners, braces behind the teeth should be your first option!

Why does it take so long to straighten crooked teeth?

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You might think that straightening crooked teeth is a simple thing to do, stick on your wire with some brackets wait a couple of weeks and everything will be nice and straight. If only things were that simple.

The dentists that contact us here at cosmetic-dental-treatments.info often tell us that it takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years  to straighten crooked teeth and here’s why.


Planning

The beginning of the process begins with planning and this will inevitably mean a few visits to the dentist.

  1. First visit. This will be your initial consultation where the dentist will discuss the various options, from this initial consultation a treatment plan will be provided for you including all of the different ways to straighten your crooked teeth  which may or may not include braces. (We explain more about this here)
  2. Second visit. (Typical time from first visit – 2 weeks)  after you have had a chance to digest your treatment plan, options and costs the next appointment will be to work out specifically the type of orthodontics you may have. You may also be required to have impressions,  particularly if the new invisible type of braces being used or the appliance is removable.
  3. Third visit (Typical time from first visit-4 weeks). Your braces may now be fitted and the process has begun.

As you can see, the planning process can often take a month from initial consultation to having the braces fitted.

Moving teeth

When you have braces fitted they are essentially pushing, pulling or rotating teeth in the direction required.  This force stimulates the remodelling of the bone around the tooth,  moving it out of the way in front of the direction of travel and rebuilding it after the tooth has moved.

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are responsible for this bone remodelling.

There is a speed at which this remodelling process can happen, above which if the teeth are moved too fast the bone cannot remodel and reform around the tooth. This biological process gives a restriction as to the actual speed the teeth can be moved.

The type of braces

Different types of braces are able to move teeth at different speeds. The Inman Aligner can typically move teeth much faster although it is not  suitable for more complicated crooked teeth situations.

Braces which move teeth quicker may, unfortunately be out of someone’s budget leaving them with an option which move teeth slightly slower.

Moving front teeth versus moving back teeth.

Your front teeth don’t believe last word only have one single root, your back teeth  have multiple routes. As one can imagine these routes on back teeth are far more sturdy and firm in front teeth meaning moving back teeth becomes more difficult and therefore slower.

Some of the more modern orthodontic systems only focus on moving anterior (often known as the social six) teeth. This is because these other teeth just seen most in social situations and, went straight, give the biggest cosmetic advantage. If you just want to have a very quick orthodontic treatment looking for braces system which only moves the social six teeth could be for you.

Finding out about moving teeth

The simplest thing to do is to do a Google search for your particular problem, we have however found some good resources around the Internet, The BOS offers a range of leaflets but we’ve also done out own digging, so here is a special report by Dr Philip McDermott answering the questions everyone asks about Adult Orthodontics.

His report includes:

  • Is rapid orthodontics right for you?
  • Are you a candidate for invisible orthodontics?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Will it hurt?

Visit the orthodontic section of the website to download.

Straight teeth are also more comfortable and less likely to develop cavities and other problems

Says Dr McDermott.

Now there’s an incentive for straigher teeth if ever we heard one!

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Celebrites Have Adult Orthodontic Braces

A few years ago it would have been considered seriously uncool to have braces fitted. In fact there was even a sitcom called ‘Ugly Betty’ where the main character was portrayed as being ugly due to her wearing braces.

It seems this is all changing and celebrities are now proud to show off and where their adult orthodontic braces in public. Here are a few examples.

The first photograph shows when Gwen Stefani sporting full upper and lower metal braces. Generally speaking these are called train track braces, although that really is rather an unkind description of them.

Many orthodontists like this type of brace as the patient can’t remove them which means the pressure on moving the teeth is constant, over all this means that the treatment can move teeth a greater distance and is often quicker and removable orthodontics.

gwen-stefani,braces

An alternative to having metal train track braces is to wear ceramic braces, as worn here by Tom Cruise.

tom cruise braces

Ceramic braces are able to move teeth generally speaking the same as their metal counterparts, however they look far more appealing and don’t stand out as much. With the new treatments such as six month smiles which uses a unique type of ceramic brackets, treatment can be completed much quicker… Typically in six months-hence the name!

Another example of a celebrity having adult orthodontic braces is Faith Hill

Faith Hill Braces

Clearly Faith is proud to show off her braces in this posed photograph. She also has done television interviews wearing braces and openly talks about how comfortable they are to wear.

More information about six month smiles.

Overall this means that there really is no reason for you to not consider having braces, the celebrities are wearing them and are proud to show off not only the braces themselves but their final straight smile!

Orthodontics have changed hugely over the past few years, so what are you waiting for?

When Should Orthodontics be Started?

Orthodontic treatment can be undertaken from children as young as 6 right the way up to adult hood. With young children of this age orthodontics is often termed ‘preventive’ orthodontics as dentists are preventing further problems as the child gets older.

Typically a specialist orthodontist might remove some baby teeth to make way for adult teeth, or they may decide that some form of ‘ridge or arch’ expansion is required. This can be done to increase the size of the jaw if it is felt that is current too small.

The recommendation is to take you young child to a specialist orthodontist practice in London or the area that is close to you as soon as possible. This specialist will then be able to check your child’s teeth and advice you on the best option for possible treatment.

This treatment may involve orthodontics at a young age, or possibly waiting a while for more teeth to come through. In any event it’s best to seek this advice before the critical age is reached.

It is important to find an orthodontist that is a specialist in treating children of this age as many simply suggest that you wait until all the adult teeth have come through. This may not always be the best option as critical times in development may then have been missed and early intervention orthodontics could have worked better.

The advice is to go to the GDC (General Dental Council) and check their register for specialists orthodontists in your area, then ask them if they do early intervention or preventive orthodontic procedures.

Specialist Orthodontics requires a higher level qualification than a general dentist and they will typically have a great knowledge of the treatments and alternatives available to you.

 

Which Cosmetic Dental Option is Right for You?

Cosmetic dentistry is moving fast in the UK, yet the basic problems it solves is the same as it has always been.

There are 3 basic classifications for people that want cosmetic dentistry, people with:

  1. Crooked, Twisted, Rotated Teeth
  2. Mis-Shapen Teeth
  3. Dark Teeth

So, let’s look at some of the options:

Crooked Teeth

The most basic treatment for this is orthodontics, so if you are happy with the tooth shape itself, then your dentist can move your teeth to a new position using one of the orthodontic options listed here.

Mis-Shapen Teeth

If you don’t like the shape of your tooth then your dentist can use either crowns or veneers. Veneers cover only the front of the tooth, while crowns cover the whole of your tooth. Dental veneers/crowns can be used to correct not only the mis-shapen tooth, but also straighten them and lighten them at the same time.

Dark Teeth

The simplest option is to lighten teeth using tooth whitening. If you are happy with the basic position and shape of your teeth then this option may be best. Tooth whitening is also often used after orthodontics to really brighten up your smile.

The recommendation of dentists seems to be the at the best thing is to tell your dentist what your concerns are and what you like/dislike about your smile then let your dentist decide on the best treatment option for your depending on your ideal smile and your budget.

Instant Veneers

Instant Dental veneers are taking the cosmetic dentistry world by storm , but what are they?

If you have a broken down tooth, or one that is chipped then instant veneers can help. Your dentist will clean the tooth and may trim away a small amount of tooth if the area that has broken has gone really dark.

Your dentist will then apply a bonding solution to the outer surface of your tooth. Using a special ‘composite’ tooth coloured material (similar to putty in consistency) the dentist will then rebuild your tooth to the correct shape and size by adding this material.

How long to instant veneers last?

This depends on a range of factors from your diet to your bite, but they should be able to last for a few years if looked after well.

How many teeth can be done with Instant Veneers?

This really depends on the create skill of your dentist and how confident they are to apply this material to many teeth at once. It also depends on how much of the front of the tooth is being covered at any one time. The best thing is to ask your dentist for advice.

How much do Instant Veneers cost?

Typically Instant veneers are cheaper than conventional ceramic veneers as there is no dental laboratory involved in the process.

Again, speaking to your dentist will help find out the full cost of instant veneers although we would estimate that it is in the region of £250 upwards.

 

 

 

 

Invisalign

Are your the teeth rotated or do they have gaps between the teeth? Do you desire a straighter appearance without many months of therapy with unattractive train track braces? If so, Invisalign® may be your orthodontic remedy.

Invisalign® is an almost unseen technique of changing a twisted or ‘out line’ of look into an immediately gorgeous smile.

As the brand signifies, Invisalign® is an “invisible” sequence of  unobtrusive aligners that fit neatly and gently over your teeth. Each custom-designed aligner is used for 14 days, and goes over your the teeth without having to do anything to your teeth – like trim them or adjust them. As opposed to train track braces Invisalign® aligners can be taken out to eat, clean, and start flossing.

Invisalign® usually straightens your the teeth in roughly six to nine months, when in comparison to one to three years with conventional train track braces.

Because there are no cables to modify, you will also invest less time at the dentist and can appreciate and really enjoy a more relaxed therapy.

Who’s right for Invisalign Braces?
Anyone who desires to move their teeth to new and more attractive positions to achieve their desired look, but doesn’t wish to wear train track braces may be an applicant for Invisalign®. These custom-molded aligners can be places to fix a variety of oral issues, such as:

  • Overly populated teeth
  • Widely moving teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

Generally talking about whether you are an applicant for this treatment, almost all people are probably a good selection for Invisalign®. This process performs best for sufferers with gentle to average space and is not recommended for kids and sufferers who have serious issues with the position of their teeth that needs them to use head protection.

Comfort and Convenience
With Invisalign®, nothing will come between your way of life and having an amazing look.

This therapy provides relaxation, advantage and an discreet means for solving your look. With Invisalign®, you can be as dynamic as you like because these aligners won’t prevent you from doing what you enjoy each day. For example, if you have a unique public occurrence soon, you can do away with the aligners for a little while whilst you appear in public – great for teachers or people in the public eye.

Look Great During Treatment
While it’s typical to see youngsters with train track braces,these can be unpleasant for grownups. Invisalign® is perfect for a grownups youthful appearance and older people who want to completely prolong their youthful look – who doesn’t want to do that!

Invisalign® can offer you higher assurance in your overall look without anyone having to know you are designing your new smile with moving your teeth.

It’s no wonder that across the UK many individuals have selected Invisalign® for their orthodontic therapy.

 

Why do I need to have teeth extracted for Orthodontics?

“My teeth are crooked and I need to look great, but I absolutely want none of my teeth removed!”

This is one of the most regular causes for complaint that a dentist will get from sufferers in the course of their preliminary examination in the dental practice.

Why do orthodontists suggest that some people with crooked teeth have them removed but not others?

We all have 2 types of tooth our first baby tooth and our secondary lasting adult tooth. One of the first aspects your orthodontist are able to do at your preliminary appointment is take stock of exactly which teeth and how many of each variety you have.

Despite the fact that every person is unique, your first tooth (or deciduous teeth) typically drop out by a certain age and in a specified sequence. They can make orthodontic difficulties if they drop out too soon or even if they are too overdue. If they drop out at a very early age, your specialist orthodontist in your area can help you develop a method for preserving the area until finally the secondary (or adult) teeth come through.

If you retain your baby teeth without them falling out at all, they may develop an orthodontic concern or indicate that one already prevails. Therefore, if the orthodontist extracts your teeth it sometimes makes room for the next set of teeth to come through at a later stage.