Invisalign Rockingham – All You Need to Know

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If your teeth require straightening but you hesitate to get braces because you do not like the metallic look of traditional braces, there is a clear teeth aligning system that you can consider. More people are choosing these clear aligners because they look a lot better than traditional metal braces. One such system is called Invisalign. Here is more information about the system.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the original clear aligner system that was introduced to consumers in 1998 as an alternative to metal braces. The aligner is constructed from a flexible thermoplastic. When applied to teeth that require aligning, the clear material is not very noticeable compared to the wires and brackets of conventional braces.

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How Does it Work?

The dentist creates a three-dimensional image of your mouth and jaw. From this, he will create customised aligners. The aligner forms a tight fit around your teeth, and it applies steady and gentle pressure against the teeth to push them toward alignment. You will feel pressure, but not pain. You wear the aligner most of the day and night except when you are eating or cleaning your teeth. The recommendation is to wear them for at least 20 hours a day.

As your teeth alignment gradually shifts, you will switch to a new set of aligners to continue this pressure. This occurs every one to two weeks based on your orthodontist’s instructions.

How Can It Help My Teeth?

When you wear Invisalign, it gently pushes your teeth toward the correct alignment. According to Invisalign, it has the potential to solve certain dental problems which include:

  • certain forms of overbite, underbite, and crossbite issues
  • open bite
  • crowded teeth
  • gap teeth

What are the Pros and Cons

Here are some of Invisalign’s advantages:

  1. They look better. With the clear material, they are much less noticeable than traditional braces.
  2. You can remove them easily.
  3. You can brush and floss your teeth easier by removing them.
  4. There are fewer problems with breakage compared to traditional braces.

Here are some disadvantages:

  1. It is less effective for more complex alignment issues.
  2. It requires discipline from you to keep them on for 20 – 22 hours per day.
  3. You have to remove them when you eat or drink. For some, this is an inconvenience especially when you are out in a restaurant. You will have to excuse yourself to take care of this in the restroom.
  4. Your teeth may feel sore after you remove the aligners. This can limit your choice of foods. It is best to avoid hard foods.

If you have any questions about Invisalign, contact the Rockingham Dental Centre and make an appointment with one of our orthodontists for a consultation. Your road to a beautiful smile is just a phone call away.

 

Dr. Hari Menon

Dr. Hari Menon

Hari is an owner of Rockingham Dental Centre. A graduate from the University of Western Australia, Hari’s dental career has taken him as far as Darwin where he has had experience in many rural areas with indigenous communities. He has also completed numerous hours of continuing education with an emphasis on aesthetic dentistry ranging from ceramic inlays/onlays, veneers, crowns and restorations for implants. He is always eager for the latest tech and gadgets available on the market.

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