Posts for tag: Invisalign
Thanks to an innovative orthodontic option, it's possible to straighten your teeth without metal wires and brackets. Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffe help their patients improve their smiles with Invisalign's clear aligner system.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses removable aligner trays to realign your smile. The clear trays are designed to fit your teeth snugly, ensuring that they're practically invisible when you wear them. Your Cumberland Park dentist takes a series of digital images, X-rays and impressions that are combined to create a 3D image of your mouth. The 3D image is used to create a series of aligner trays that address your particular orthodontic issue. Invisalign is an excellent option if you have common orthodontic issues, such as an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite. If your problems are severe or complicated, metal or ceramic braces may be a better choice.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Although appearance is one of the most important benefits for many patients, Invisalign treatment also offers these advantages:
- No Adjustments: You won't require adjustments when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. Simply swapping one set of aligner trays for another at the end of two weeks will help ensure that your treatment is progressing. Aligner trays exert continual pressure on your teeth to help you achieve your straightening goals.
- Excellent Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable plastic for your comfort. Since they're wire-free, you'll never have to worry about a cut cheek or lip due to a stray wire.
- No Food Restrictions: Wires and brackets can break or loosen if you eat hard or sticky foods. Fortunately, that's not a problem with Invisalign. You'll remove your aligner trays before every meal and can eat all of the foods you enjoy.
- Easier Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing can be very time-consuming when you wear metal or ceramic braces. When it's time to brush and floss, you'll take out your Invisalign trays, follow your normal oral hygiene routine.
- Breaks: Although Invisalign aligner trays are designed to be discreet, you may wish to take them out occasionally. If you're playing a sport or want to attend a special event, you can remove your trays for a few hours.
Straighten your smile with Invisalign! Call Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffe at (08) 8271 6233 to schedule your appointment.
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!
Find out if this clear alternative to braces is what you need for a straighter smile.
Getting braces as an adult doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. We know that no adult wants to wear metal on their teeth for all the world to see. Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey believe that braces shouldn’t cramp your style, which is why we are pleased to offer Invisalign to our older teen and adult patients.
So, what are the benefits of getting these clear, customized removable aligners for straightening your smile?
A Clear Treatment
We know that you don’t want other people noticing that you have braces, particularly if you are getting braces as an adult. Instead of putting metal over your teeth our Cumberland Park, SA, general dentist will provide you with a series of clear trays that look similar to whitening trays.
Each aligner will fit snugly against your teeth to provide enough force to slowly move teeth into the proper position. Each aligner is made from flexible, completely clear plastic so people won’t be able to initially tell that you are even wearing braces. Isn’t this a much better option than metal brackets and wires?
A More Comfortable Option
Metal braces can certainly fix a variety of complex and complicated dental misalignments but it’s also true that the metal can be irritating for the tongue, cheeks and other soft tissue. Luckily, clear plastic aligners are more comfortable and won’t cause the same irritation to soft tissue that metal will. Sometimes you may even forget you are wearing them.
Eat What You Want
When you get traditional braces there are a lot of foods that are off limits until your braces come off. It can be sad to not be able to enjoy corn on the cob, a juicy steak or a baguette let alone just chew a piece of gum before a big interview. Luckily, Invisalign makes it possible to still enjoy all of your favorite foods while still getting the straighter smile you want. Sure, you’ll need to wear your aligners as much as possible but all you have to do is remove them prior to mealtimes. Just remember to rinse your aligners thoroughly and brush your teeth after meals before putting the aligners back on your teeth.
If you are ready to find out whether you should get Invisalign in Cumberland Park, SA, then it’s time you called Cumberland Dental today to schedule your consultation. Let’s get you the straighter smile you deserve.
Always wondered if Invisalign is the right treatment for you but don’t know much about it? Let’s see what our Cumberland Park dentists have to say.
Are you an adult who is tired of having gaps in their smile? Do you want to straighten your teeth but worry about the implications of wearing metal brackets and wires? Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey, understand that teens and adults don’t want to deal with the implications of wearing metal braces to their prom, college graduation or even at work. Find out more about Invisalign and what it could do for you.
Q. What is Invisalign?
A. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign employs a set of clear, plastic aligners that look like whitening trays but are custom-made to fit over your teeth to gradually straighten your smile. Every patient will get a series of aligners that they will need to wear throughout the course of their treatment.
Q. Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
A. If you are an adult or teen who wants to fill gaps between teeth, fix overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, crooked teeth and crowding then Invisalign might be able to help you.
Q. How long will it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?
A. A lot will depend on the severity of the issues you are treating with Invisalign. The length of treatment can take anywhere from 9 to 18 months. Adult wearers tend to have a shorter treatment than teens.
Q. Does wearing Invisalign hurt?
A. As with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may cause some wearers a bit of discomfort for the first few days as they adjust to having aligners. You may also notice some pressure on your teeth since aligners are slowly moving your teeth throughout the course of your treatment. Of course, this discomfort you feel should go away after a couple of days.
Q. How often should I wear my aligners?
A. While being able to remove your aligners might sound tempting, how often you wear them will have a major impact on how long your treatment takes. You should aim to wear your aligners for about 22 hours each day, only taking them off before mealtimes or before brushing and flossing your teeth.
Q. How do you keep Invisalign aligners clean?
A. There are products out there specifically designed to keep your aligners clean. In fact, Invisalign even makes their own cleaning crystals to ensure that stains don’t affect the appearance of your aligners. Of course, you can also prevent yellowing and stains by brushing and rinsing out your aligners with warm water. Doing this after meals is a great way to keep aligners looking their best.
If you are interested in what Invisalign could do for you then it’s time you picked up your phone and called Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA.
We see people of all ages coming to our practice for straight teeth. More and more people are trying to look their best and straighten their teeth than before. We wondered whether more people were having clear braces, Invisalign, Smilefast etc than before and then we saw a recent report in the Dental Tribune. The global market for straightening teeth invisibly is expected to grow at 12% compound growth over the next 5 years or basically on a track to double in 6 years time.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report last year found the proportion of Australians who where uncomfortable with their dental appearance increased from 20 in 1994 to 27% in 2013 with over 33% in the lowest income households.
What does this tell you? That people are more conscious of their smile than ever before. A new smile can be the difference between getting that new job or staying where you are. Its brutally honest, but many people judge others on their initial appearance. Could getting white braces on your teeth or Invisalign be the difference for you?
More people want to get their teeth straighter but don't know how to go about it. Who do I see? Do I need an orthodontist to straighten my teeth? We get a lot of our patients from word of mouth which tells you something. Sometimes its not until you really see a place inside that you know what its going to be like. Our patients are happy that they can get their new smile, quickly, easily and with braces that look more modern than 30 years ago. They like the friendly staff and payment plans that help them afford their new smile. Most of all in this day and age, who wants to be left with teeth that look like this