Can Invisalign close spaces? Of course it can. To see before and after pictures of how Invisalign closes gaps, scroll to the end of this blog, or check out our youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97b49it4R0
Bill (patients names are changed for our blog) is a man who had grown up with spacing in his front teeth and he felt that this was getting worse with time. Bill looked around for an Adelaide dentist that would look after his needs and give options for his smile makeover. At his first free consultation, Bill first question was, ‘Can Invisalign close spaces?’ Dr Jack assessed Bill’s mouth and noted that this was possible, his teeth were a good shape, the colour could be improved with whitening and there were other cosmetic dentistry options for him also. All of these options were explored for Bill and then the payment plans for each were discussed.
What options are there to close gaps in your teeth?
What can dental veneers do? - Resin
The first option was dental veneers. Dental veneers can be resin- which are the same material used in dental fillings but highly glossy and look terrific. They can change the shape and/or colour of your teeth. The dentist places them directly onto the tooth usually with little tooth structure removal. This allows the process to be ‘green’ or very conservative. The type of filling material we use can change the shape and colour of the teeth quite dramatically. You can really go as light as some of the lightest porcelain veneers.
Resin veneers are very cost effective and allow for a dramatic smile makeover for an affordable price. They are about a quarter of the price of porcelain veneers. The key aspect of resin veneers is to make sure that you cover enough teeth to make the entire smile appear uniform. If the veneers are just placed on the front teeth, we have the potential a difference in shape and colour. The other problem is that the smile doesn’t achieve that big rounded smile that you would see in Julia Roberts or that type of beautiful Hollywood smile.
What can Porcelain Veneers do?
The second option was porcelain dental veneers which are in our opinion the best way of an ‘instant’ smile makeover. They aren’t instant because it will take a good quality dental laboratory several weeks to construct each porcelain cover for each tooth. However, we make the temporary veneers to be as close to the final product as possible, allowing you to experience the shape and size of the new teeth. We use dental laboratories here in Adelaide and in Melbourne depending on the case. This is important to ensure quality Australian work is used in your mouth.
Bill didn’t want to use porcelain veneers to modify his smile, because he felt the teeth would become too square and not appear the same. He also preferred to have his teeth intact at the end of the treatment rather than having some tooth structure removed in order to place the veneers. In the end these types of choices become a personal preference for the smile makeover.
Bill chose orthodontics to close the spaces in his mouth and deliver the new smile he was looking for. The options were then a choice of clear braces such as porcelain brackets or Invisalign which are a series of clear trays that help to move the teeth orthodontically. Bill wanted to ensure his treatment was as aesthetic as possible and so he elected for Invisalign.
How do we begin Invisalign?
Impressions or moulds of his teeth were taken at the beginning of treatment. This is combined with a series of photographs and x-rays (radiographs) to provide Invisalign with the complete picture. A 3D set up of the teeth is constructed from the moulds and then the Invisalign team moves the teeth to the ideal fit. A lengthy discussion with Jack and the Invisalign team results in many treatment plans being developed. These treatment plans are adjusted and modified until we are satisfied with the final predicted outcome. As Bill’s main concern was ‘Can Invisalign close spaces’, Dr Jack made sure he was completely pleased with the treatment plan to achieve Bill’s request.
Sometimes Invisalign treatment plans are too long or ask for too much smoothing of the teeth. We aim to make the treatment plan as smooth as possible and reduce the amount of time taken.There are a number of factors that we identify and analyse to make sure the outcome is as predictable as we can make it. Can Invisalign close spaces if the bite needs to be corrected? This is another focus in which Dr Jack will take into account when designing your treatment.
Before and after pictures of Invisalign Treatment plan
Bills treatment plan:
Once the plans from Invisalign are approved, the trays are processed and delivered to our practice. Invisalign sets up ‘tags’ or buttons that are little bumps of filling material bonded to your teeth. In our practice we place them on at the second tray. The first Invisalign retainer we place does not have the buttons on them. This makes the tray easier to remove. The effect of the Invisalign trays is to stretch the ligaments that join the tooth to the bone and allow tooth movement, making the tooth a little bit wiggly during the process. This means that when we put the bumps on the teeth in tray number 2, you can get the Invisalign trays on and off the teeth easier. We have found that putting the Invisalign tags on the first tray tends to make the patient experience difficult; removing the trays is very challenging. There are some funny YouTube videos showing just how hard this can be.
Putting the tags on is the longest appointment for Invisalign. We allow 30 minutes for this appointment. It involves brushing the teeth to clean the surface. Preset trays from Invisalign are filled with the filling material and this is bonded to the teeth. The tags allow for the teeth to move during treatment and act like the handle on a door, it is easier to turn the tooth with them on.
Do I have to keep coming back for each Invisalign tray?
We give multiple sets of trays for you to change every 1.5 to 2 weeks. Jack then reviews the progress over time. Bill returned every 6-8 weeks to change his trays. Each Invisalign retainer is slightly different from the last. As they change, the teeth move with them correcting the gaps.
That is how we ended up with the final result that is shown here. You can see the spaces in his teeth have closed and Invisalign has closed his gappy teeth. Bill was very happy with the final result as you can imagine, a straight smile that has given him the chance to smile with confidence.
Before and after pictures of closing gaps with Invisalign
So can Invisalign close spaces? You betcha!
This young Adelaide man hated his teeth for a very long time. He has been through it all. We will call him Rob for this blog.
Rob is careful with what he eats, exercises regularly and looks really good. He felt that his teeth were letting his overall image down.
Rob had braces twice to straighten his teeth but after having orthodontics, he didn't feel that this achieved what he wanted. The teeth were straight but short and stumpy. They were discoloured and you couldn't see them in his mouth. It was time for a change. He looked for a good Adelaide dentist and was recommended by friends to come an see us. We love treating patients friends and family, they are always on the same wavelength as us.
Ideally Rob wanted a beautiful smile that he could be proud of and was happy to show off. Far too often, Rob felt that he would cover his mouth when he smiled, even subconsciously.
After lengthy discussion with Dr Angela, a proposed treatment plan for resin veneers was developed.
Dr Angela started off by selecting the colour that would be appropriate. We always like to go as white as possible but not whiter than your eyeballs :) .
Dr Angela rebuilt Robs upper teeth with a highly polished dental filling material. This gave several benefits.
- It allowed for Dr Angela to add dental veneers to Robs teeth without removing a lot of tooth structure.
- It provided an immediate effect, Rob could see exactly how it would look when he walked out the door
- The smile makeover was cost effective and able to be afforded on a dental payment plan.
We think the final result looked fantastic. Rob commented how much they improved his smile and achieved the high standard he demanded from his dentist.
If you are in Adelaide, come and have a chat about this process of dental resin veneers. It is one of many fantastic options we have at Cumberland Dental to give you a smile make over.
Contact us at Cumberland Dental for options on how we can improve your smile today. 8271 6233
Some of the questions we get about Invisalign are "will Invisalign improve my bite?" The answer to this is maybe. It depends on what sort of problems you have with how your teeth come together. Invisalign is great for improving how teeth are twisted or gaps in the teeth. If you are looking to pull your front teeth back in your mouth, this is going to be a little trickier to achieve.
First of all what makes up a bite? It is really how your back teeth come together. Ideally we want your teeth to be meeting in between each other. Like this
So this shows the back teeth sitting in between each other and just some problems with the front teeth. This is the ideal case for Invisalign to treat.
This next case is a little harder but still a great case with Invisalign.
Teeth need to fit together like cogs on a wheel.
How far can we go with overlapping front teeth? If the bite is good but there is significant crowding at the front, we still have a great opportunity to use Invisalign.
However, a lot of overlapping of the teeth requires quite a bit of work to straighten. ===> like this case below!
As you can see, the front teeth are quite crowded but look terrific once they have been straightened using Invisalign. If your back teeth are fitting well together, then it is going to make it so much easier to straighten the important front teeth
In the past, injured or badly decayed teeth often had to be removed. Today, they often can be saved through root canal treatment. Root canal therapy will allow you to keep your tooth functional for decades. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey of Cumberland Dental, which is located in Adelaide, SA, offer a full range of dental services. Here are five signs you may need a root canal.
1. You have a toothache.
Severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure is a sign you may need a root canal. The pain can range from mild to severe. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain. Root canal treatment has the reputation of being painful. However, many patients have reported that the procedure is no more painful than getting a dental filling.
2. Cold and hot bother you.
Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures is a sign you may need a root canal. Tooth sensitivity causes a sharp pain when the tooth is exposed to cold and hot temperatures through beverages and foods. Your tooth will no longer be sensitive to cold and hot temperatures after root canal treatment.
3. Your gums are swollen.
Gum swelling is a sign that a root canal is needed. Gum inflammation is often associated with infection, although it doesn’t always mean an infection is present. The inflammation can range from being slight to quite pronounced.
4. You have a bump on your gum.
A pimple-like bump or swollen area on your gum is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. This bump may go away and then come back. This bump is usually an accumulation of pus, which is associated with infection. Your dentist will treat this by performing a root canal procedure.
5. You have a discolored tooth.
One discolored tooth is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. When the roots of the tooth that needs a root canal have died, the tooth may turn black, gray, brown, or dark yellow. Tooth discoloration is also related to trauma, damaged dental fillings, or severe decay, so visiting a dental professional for a checkup is recommended.
If you need a root canal, don't wait. Call Cumberland Dental at (08) 8271 6233 today to schedule a dental appointment in Adelaide, SA. Delaying a root canal will only lead to prolonged pain, suffering, and tooth loss.
Have you ever wondered if braces could help your smile? If you are unsatisfied with your smile, braces can transform your teeth and give you a smile you will love. Braces straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between teeth, and realign teeth that are out of place. At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey are your dentists for braces in Adelaide, SA.
Types of Braces
When it comes to braces, there are several options to choose from. The type of braces used will depend on various factors, such as whether the braces are for an adolescent or an adult. Whatever type of braces is selected, they are all effective methods for realigning and straightening teeth. Some of the different types of braces include traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white resin braces. Cumberland Dental is excited to also offer Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.
Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white braces all utilize brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The brackets are affixed to the teeth with a dental adhesive and remain in place until a dentist or an orthodontist removes them. Both ceramic and white braces offer a distinct advantage over traditional metal braces as they are much less conspicuous. The brackets for ceramic braces are less noticeable because they blend in with the teeth.
Invisalign is an exciting alternative to more traditional types of braces. With Invisalign, there are no hard brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligner trays made of a flexible plastic material are used to straighten the teeth. The aligner trays are comfortable and can be easily removed to eat or to brush and floss the teeth.
Six Month Smiles is another innovative method for straightening teeth. Like other types of braces, brackets and wires are used to straighten the teeth with Six Month Smiles. The brackets and wires are clear and readily blend in so they are barely noticeable. Further, the dentist can straighten your smile in just six months, which is significantly faster than other types of braces in Adelaide.
If you want to achieve a straighter smile, braces can help. An experienced dentist can help you select the right type of braces to suit your needs. For braces in Adelaide, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey by calling Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA at (08) 8271 6233.
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