by: Joey & Luke
In the good old days, the only option to straighten your teeth was the typical silver-colored metal brackets and wire worn for some up to a few years in length.
These days we have a few different options for straitening and aligning patients’ teeth. These include metal brackets, tooth-coloured brackets or Invisalign.
Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontics. Not only is the Invisalign system next to nearly invisible but it is also removable for eating, drinking and cleaning purposes.
The Invisalign process is quite unique as it uses 3-D computer imaging technology to provide a treatment plan and the final image of what your teeth are expected to look like after the process is complete.
The movement of the teeth is completed through wearing a series of clear aligner trays that are changed about every two weeks. This gradual movement of the teeth is important to assist in bone remodelling around the teeth as they shift.
There are many benefits to having straight teeth. Of course there is the obvious cosmetic benefit, but straight teeth also allow you clean all the surfaces of your teeth when brushing and flossing and usually the health of your gums improves overall. Also straight teeth tend to fit together better and can reduce or eliminate premature wear on the teeth, chipping of front teeth, or other problems that can arise from a bite that is not well aligned.
It is important your dentist or orthodontist assess whether Invisalign is an option to straighten your teeth. The first visit may involve photos, x-rays and impressions of your teeth.