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Invisalign trays work by moving the teeth into a newer and better position -- one that is specifically mapped out by your dentist to give you a straighter and more attractive-looking smile. You get notable results without having to submit to several years of wearing conspicuous metal brackets on each of your teeth. Visit a dentist at Linden Dental in Naples, FL to gain a better understanding of how Invisalign works.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment
Clear plastic aligning trays move the teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing position. These technologically advanced trays usually fix the teeth in about a year, which is a much shorter treatment period compared to metal braces.
How It Works
Your Naples, FL dentist will take impressions of your teeth at your first appointment so that images can be uploaded to a specialized computer system. A set of custom aligning trays will be created for you to wear during the treatment period. Each time you put on a new set of trays (upper and lower), the teeth move to align with them. It happens gradually and painlessly. After your final trays finish aligning your smile, they will then be used as your permanent retainers. Wear them at night to maintain the new position of your teeth.
Invisalign braces will only work if you take responsibility for following your dentist's instructions closely and maintaining good dental hygiene. The Invisalign tray can be taken off for daily brushing, rinsing, and flossing. You must commit to keeping your trays in for at least 20-22 hours per day, so don't accidentally fall asleep without putting them in. Keep them in a case -- never in a tissue or uncovered -- and always clean. Older teenagers will receive trays that are outfitted with special indicators to ensure that they are complying with treatment recommendations.
Before you can start wearing Invisalign braces, your dentist must check your tooth and gum health to ensure that you're a good candidate. Call (239) 593-0777 today to schedule an orthodontic consultation at Linden Dental in Naples, FL with Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden.
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
Invisalign is a dental procedure used to straighten the teeth in an undetectable way. The process uses clear aligners that are made of plastic that are removable, rather than bonded or cemented to the teeth like traditional braces are. This makes the process more comfortable for patients of all ages. Learn more from your Naples, FL, dentists, Dr. Richard Linden and Dr. Maria Linden at Linden Dental.
Advantages of Invisalign
Here are some of the best benefits to choosing Invisalign:
- This procedure leads to better oral hygiene. Because the appliance is removable, it makes it easier for patients to keep the teeth clean with brushing and flossing.
- It is discreet. No one has to know you’re treating your teeth and for younger patients, it won’t affect their self-esteem.
- Comfort is also important. The aligners are made of a thin, flexible material which doesn’t irritate the mouth or gums like braces are known to do.
- Protection from teeth grinding is another added benefit. For those that have this habit, these aligners function as nightguards protecting the teeth from wear.
How Invisalign Works
These aligners work similar to that of braces, by carefully applying controlled forces to the teeth to move them to where they should go. Your Naples dentist will use a computer software program to create a plan for moving the teeth to proper alignment. The movement is broken down into stages, in which a set of aligners if made. Patients continue through the stages until their teeth are correctly aligned.
A regular oral hygiene routine is required with this treatment. Neglecting the teeth during this process can lead to gum disease and tooth decay and other necessary dental procedures. The aligners also should be cleaned regularly by brushing them and rinsing with lukewarm water.
To learn more about Invisalign and what it can do for your teeth, call Linden Dental in Naples, FL, today at (239) 593-0777.
Braces can be a long, involved process, but gaining a more attractive smile and better oral health is worth it. Sometimes, though, braces can produce unintended short-term consequences.
Brace brackets and wires do the work of moving teeth to better positions. They can, however, hinder the wearer's hygiene efforts to remove plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, from tooth surfaces. Plaque buildup increases the risk of dental disease and other ill effects.
One such effect while you're wearing braces is the formation of tiny spots that look pale and chalky on otherwise smooth and polished enamel. These are white spot lesions (WSLs), where acid has remained for too long on the tooth enamel. They occur because acid-producing bacteria escape removal during brushing and flossing due to the braces hardware.
We want to try to prevent WSLs while wearing braces, and not just because they're unattractive. You're actually looking at enamel erosion, which could lead to cavity development at those weakened spots.
Although difficult for you as a braces wearer, daily brushing and flossing is crucial to WSL prevention. You'll need to take more time to be sure you're reaching all around the wires and brackets. You can improve your effectiveness with special brushes for braces and floss threaders or water irrigators. You can also help keep acid levels low by cutting back on acidic foods and beverages, especially sodas, coffee or spicy foods.
Even if you develop WSLs we can treat them effectively, especially if caught early. One way is by aiding enamel re-mineralization through saliva stimulation (the mouth's acid neutralizer) or applying fluoride to the teeth to strengthen enamel. We can also use caries infiltration, a technique that injects tooth-colored resin below the surface of the lesion. This strengthens the weakened enamel and gives the area the appearance of translucence like normal enamel.
While you're wearing braces, focus diligently on keeping your teeth clean of plaque and keep up your regular cleaning visits with us. If you notice any unusual discolorations or abnormalities, see us as soon as possible. Stopping WSLs from developing will help ensure your teeth are healthy and attractive after the braces come off.
If you would like more information on dental care with braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “White Spots on Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”