Invisalign Orthodontics® EdmontonIf some of your teeth are misaligned, you have what dentists refer to as malocclusion. Malocclusion varies in severity and can present in a variety of ways. Crooked teeth are less aesthetically pleasing than straight teeth, but is that the only reason to correct their alignment?If some of your teeth are misaligned, you have what dentists refer to as malocclusion. Malocclusion varies in severity and can present in a variety of ways. Crooked teeth are less aesthetically pleasing than straight teeth, but is that the only reason to correct their alignment?
Crooked Teeth are Hard to Clean – With more nooks and crannies to hide in, plaque bacteria can collect around the tooth and gum tissue, resulting in periodontitis (gum disease). Early warning signs include red irritated gums and bleeding when brushing or flossing. Injury Resistance – Straight teeth are more resistant to injury than misaligned teeth. Misaligned teeth are often more exposed to stresses, and protruding teeth may be more susceptible to chips and uneven wear as a result.
Bite MechanicsYour dentist is not just concerned with beautiful smiles. Dentists are also concerned with the mechanics of your bite. If your bite alignment is off, your teeth may perform less effectively when eating or speaking. When assessing your teeth and gums, your dentist will be watching for:
Often called ‘buck’ teeth present with front teeth which protrude outward.
Spacing or Crowding
Our teeth need enough room to erupt properly – too much crowding can prevent teeth from erupting (called an impaction). Large spacing between teeth means that the tooth has less support – leaving it more prone to damage, injury and wear.
The midline is the vertical meeting point between upper front and lower front teeth, respectively. Midlines that do not align vertically are referred to as being misplaced.
Refers to fully erupted teeth which meet only in the back of the mouth, resulting in spacing between upper and lower front teeth even with the jaw fully closed.
Occurs when upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth more than they should. In some cases, overbite can result in bottom front teeth cutting into the roof of the mouth.
An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth are further forward than the top front teeth when the jaw is closed.
Occurs when upper and lower teeth fit into the wrong side of one another. This can occur, for example, when the upper and lower dental arches are of different size
Teeth that turn in place, lean in the wrong direction, or both.
This occurs when teeth erupt in each other’s place.
Misalignment results in wear of one side more than the other.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
A painful condition which affects the proper function of the upper and lower jaw. Headaches, painful chewing and lockjaw result from TMJ.
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Correcting Crooked® TeethTraditional methods of straightening the teeth involves the installation of dental veneers, or metal braces. While metal braces are an effective way to move teeth into alignment, they tend not to be esthetically pleasing and are required to be worn long-term. Veneers, on the other hand, can be costly to install, and may require replacement. Unlike braces, veneers must be installed on a prepared surface in which the tooth has been etched and therefore alters the structure of the tooth itself.
The Invisalign® AlternativeWhile traditional braces remain the preferred course of action for severe malocclusion, many clients have successfully used Invisalign® to correct mild to moderate dental alignment problems. Invisalign® offers a nearly invisible alternative to metal and veneers. Invisalign® is a series of comfortable, custom-made aligners which are worn over the teeth and can be removed at any time. Trays are adjusted in small increments, changing every few weeks to encourage teeth to come into alignment.
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Considerations: Invisalign® relies, in part, on client commitment. Trays should only be removed when eating or drinking and should be reintroduced to the mouth only after brushing and flossing. Doing so mitigates the potential for food and debris to become trapped between the dental tissue and the appliance. Patients may find that their overall dental health improves because of this diligent oral care routine. Patients wearing Invisalign® aligners should aim for 22 hours of wear in a 24-hour period and care should be taken to prevent loss of the transparent aligners.
How to Get Started with Invisalign: Your dental professional will require 3-dimensional x-rays to determine the current positioning of the teeth and jaw structure. These tests will allow your dentist to view the teeth and jaw from all angles, and to create a simulation of the intended results. Once the planning process is complete, a customized set of plastic aligners can be constructed using the information gathered from the x-ray. Typically, the alignment process requires between 20 and 29 aligners worn in progressive sequence for the duration of the treatment. Invisalign® is a safe and effective alternative to traditional metal braces or veneers. Ask your dentist what Invisalign® could do for your smile.
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