Straighter teeth are better and can improve your oral health!

A lot of people have crooked or crowded teeth which need to be straightened. One option that is available in the field of orthodontics and is becoming a very popular option amongst teens and adults, is Invisalign.

What is Invisalign

 Invisalign is a custom made system in orthodontics designed to straighten your teeth. This can be done without any discomfort and the hassle of metal and wire attachments in your mouth.

The Invisalign system is made of a smooth but hard plastic material. This material is clear, comfortable and is made into a set of 18 to 30 removable aligners which fits onto your teeth.  It is virtually invisible in appearance.

The aligners can be removed when eating, brushing or flossing which makes it much easier to take care of the health of your teeth while on the Invisalign treatment.

Once the process of straightening begins and your Invisalign clear aligner trays are made and fitted onto your teeth, you would need to wear them for at least 20-22 hours each day for effective results.

They would also need to be changed every two weeks as your teeth gradually begins to move into their ideal positions.

What dental conditions can Invisalign treat

Invisalign can help treat the overcrowding of teeth that have no room within the jaw to be accommodated.

It can also help teeth that are widely spaced and have big gaps between them.

Invisalign can straighten teeth that are misaligned on the upper and lower jaws (Cross bites).

In some cases, teeth on the upper jaw overlap with teeth on the lower jaw. This is called ‘Deep bites’ and can be treated with the Invisalign system.

Some people have dental conditions that involve the lower teeth sticking out and passing the front teeth. This condition is called ‘Under bites’. Invisalign can help straighten and resolve this condition.

Does the Invisalign treatment hurt or cause any pain?

There can be some discomfort experienced while the teeth gradually start moving into their adjusted positions.

The aligners may be slightly sharp initially, however, your teeth, mouth and surrounding tissues will adjust and get use to them after they have been changed about two or three times.

How to take care of and clean your Invisalign clear aligners

It only takes a few minutes to clean and care for your Invisalign clear aligners. At Byron Family Dental we suggest that you clean them every time you brush your teeth.

You can use the following methods to clean your Invisalign clear aligners:

  1. Use lukewarm water to rinse your clear aligners. Make sure that the water isn’t too cold or too hot.
  2. Use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste to gently brush your clear aligners. This can be done in circular movements.
  3. Once you are done brushing, examine the aligners to make sure there is no calcium or tartar build up.
  4. If there is still tartar present then soak your clear aligners in an Invisalign cleaning solution, as indicated by our dental professionals at Byron Family Dental.
  5. Check them again for tartar build-up before placing them onto your teeth. 

What are the advantages of the Invisalign treatment?

  • Invisalign clear aligners does not consist of wires or brackets, therefore, they are reasonably comfortable to wear.
  • They are smooth which means you would not need to worry about getting cuts in your mouth.
  • They are practically invisible and can hardly be noticed.
  • The Invisalign clean aligners and are not anchored onto your teeth like metal brackets. You can remove them when eating, brushing or flossing.
  • Invisalign makes it much easier to care for the hygiene of your teeth while on the treatment since they are removable.
  • They are easy to maintain and they require minimal maintenance.
  • They can be a much safer treatment to choose since they do not have any harmful metal toxins that release from them.

What are the disadvantages of the Invisalign treatment?

  • It is an expensive treatment to have done and requires a lot of cooperation from the patient.
  • You can only remove them before meals. They must be kept on all day.
  • If your aligners get misplaced, it would be very expensive to replace them.
  • They can mainly be used by teens and adults. They are not suitable for young children.
  • Even though it is easy to brush and maintain your oral health while you are having the Invisalign treatment done, it can become very difficult brushing and flossing after every single meal that you eat, especially when you are out for lunch or dinner.
  • It can cause a bit of discomfort in the initial stages as your teeth and mouth are adjusting to it.

Invisalign provider in Byron Bay

At Byron Family Dental, we can help straighten your teeth with our Invisalign treatment. Book an appointment with our team friendly today to learn more about our Invisalign treatment!

FAQ

It’s very easy to keep your Invisalign clear aligners clean and we recommend that you clean them every time you brush your teeth. To keep your aligners clean, simply rinse them with lukewarm water and then use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little toothpaste to brush them. Brush them gently, making sure that you remove any tartar that has built up. If you notice that there is still tartar on your aligners even after cleaning, it’s a good idea to soak them in a cleaning solution, which we can provide you with.

No. In fact, this is one of the reasons that Invisalign is such a popular treatment. The aligners are made from a clear material, which means that they are almost completely invisible and are hardly noticeable at all. For this reason, they make a good alternative to metal braces for adults and teenagers who would prefer a more discreet orthodontic option. If you have an orthodontic issue you would like addressed and are not sure if Invisalign is right for you, we recommend that you come in and see us for a consultation.

The orthodontic treatment that you choose will really depend on your particular needs. While Invisalign can be used to treat a wide range of issues, traditional metal braces are better suited to more complex cases. It’s important to note that Invisalign tends to be a more expensive process, so this is something to consider before committing to the treatment. Invisalign is also only suited for teenagers and adults and is not a good option for children. We recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can advise you on the best orthodontic treatment for your needs and circumstances.