As kids, we hear from our parents, our older siblings and other kids at school that eventually we’ll need to get braces. But why do we need them? And why do we sometimes do it again later on in life?
It is a common desire to want straight teeth. But dentists will recommend orthodontics not because of aesthetics but because they want to correct the position of your teeth. It is an added bonus that putting your teeth in the correct position will also make them look nicer. Form will always follow function. If teeth are positioned where they should be then they will last longer, be easier to clean and be less likely to start wearing out and cause issues. Okay, so if I do braces then I’m done for the rest of my life, right? I never have to worry about my bite again? Wrong. This is why we get retainers once orthodontics is complete. Think of retainers as an insurance policy. We will always get relapse because of mesial drift (teeth tend to drift forward as we age) and the daily stress our teeth undergo. In addition, the ligaments around our teeth don’t settle as fast as our teeth do and will try to move things back. Retainers maintain your bite as much as possible and slow this process down. However, life happens and we often forget to wear our retainers or they break and we don’t get them replaced. So, our teeth start to shift again and we end up needing braces again later in life. But the idea of wearing metal braces as an adult is not very appealing. This is where Invisalign comes in.
Invisalign has become increasingly popular with people on Zoom and Facetime meetings looking at themselves 8 hours a day for the first time. Although there are other people on the video calls, instinctively you will look at yourself. And we start fixating on imperfections we want to change. And the first thing we notice is our smile.
If you are in Brampton or in the Peel region, set up a consult with our Brampton Invisalign dentist to find out how an Invisalign treatment might help you.
Bottom line, almost everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. 99% of cases that can be done with braces can now also be done with Invisalign. Invisalign can help correct crowding, close gaps, fix cross bites, widen your arches and correct a deep bite or an open bite. It can do it all. It can even be used in tandem with jaw surgery cases. And the technology gets better every day. Invisalign is even an option for children but compliance often becomes an issue so traditional braces may be a better choice, depending on the child.
What exactly is Invisalign and how does it work? Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic removable trays or aligners to slowly move teeth into position. The trays are customized for each patient using a 3D scan. Composite attachments are placed on the teeth to change the surface area of the tooth and provide anchorage to help move teeth. Elastics can also be used to create space in between the teeth to help correct crowding. Amazing, right? You can fix the position of your teeth by wearing these nearly invisible aligners and no one will even know that you are having orthodontic work done. As amazing as Invisalign is, it requires discipline. The success of any Invisalign treatment is dependent on patient compliance. As your Invisalign dentist in Brampton our advice is that in order to produce the best results, you need to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day – you only remove them to brush and floss your teeth and when you are eating or drinking anything other than water. Before putting your aligners back in after eating, it is imperative that you brush your teeth otherwise you increase your risk for cavities and bad breath. Food particles can also hinder tooth movement and can stain your aligners.
Well, it depends on your expectations and goals. At our Invisalign clinic Brampton, we try to keep most Invisalign cases to under a year but sometimes it can take closer to 2 years. We can only go so fast when it comes to tooth movement. Going too fast can lead to root resorption (shortening of the roots) and that is not something anyone wants.