Orthodontics and invisalign

If you have any of the following characteristics, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

  • Over-articulated, sometimes called “rabbit teeth” – where the upper anterior teeth lie too far forward (protrude) over the lower teeth.
  • Prognathism – a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back.
  • Crossing – when the upper teeth do not descend slightly in front of the lower teeth during normal occlusion.
  • Open Bite – the space between the bite surfaces of the front and / or side teeth when the rear teeth bite together.
  • Displaced midline – when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth.
  • Spacing – spaces, or spaces, between teeth due to the absence of teeth or teeth that do not “fill” the mouth.
  • Crowding – when there are too many teeth for the tooth ridge to accommodate.

Invisalign :

The treatment by wearing Invisalign® is done step by step. From the start, the patient receives a first batch of aligners to be replaced every two weeks. Note that this is a custom-made device using 3D software. The latter makes it possible to accurately reconstruct the expected result in relation to the positioning and alignment of the teeth. It will therefore be noted that each aligner is personalized. Each patient has the right to specific appliances, molded into the alignment of their teeth. To obtain a very precise result, the impressions are scanned to obtain three-dimensional images. This then makes it possible to obtain virtual molds which are then remodeled according to the desired results, the correction taking place little by little. The creation of aligners is done as the treatment progresses until the expected end result is achieved.

Braces are dental tools that help correct problems with your teeth, like crowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment. Many people get braces when they’re teenagers, but adults get them too. As you wear them, braces slowly straighten and align your teeth so you have a normal bite. Some people get braces to adjust their smile.If you have crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite (an underbite or overbite), there are a variety of treatments that can help straighten teeth, including braces and retainers, custom-made, removable or fixed tools that cover the outside of your teeth and help keep them in position.Many general dentists do basic alignment and treat other tooth problems, but orthodontists specialize in correcting issues with your teeth.The dentist or orthodontist you choose will ask questions about your health, do a clinical exam, take a digital scan of your teeth, take photos of your face and teeth, and order X-rays of the mouth and head. They’ll come up with a treatment plan based on this information.You might only need a removable retainer. If you have an extreme overbite or underbite, you could need surgery. But most people need braces.

Types of braces:

If braces are indeed the solution for you, the dentist or orthodontist will prescribe an appliance specific for your needs. The braces may consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. No one method works for everyone.

  • Metal/traditional braces: Traditional braces are made of metal. They include brackets that are attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth, as well as flexible wires or arch wires that hold the brackets or bands together. Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth. Sometimes, your orthodontist will have you wear a device called headgear at night. It provides added pressure to help straighten your teeth. You can put it on and take it off.

  • Ceramic braces: The brackets in traditional braces are now also made in tooth-colored ceramic, so you don’t notice them as much. They can also be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
  • Lingual braces: The brackets on these braces are attached to the backs of your teeth, facing your tongue. Lingual braces are harder to see.
  • Clear aligners: You might also hear them called invisible braces. These are clear plastic trays that fit snugly onto your teeth. They use pressure to gently move your teeth into the correct positions and straighten your smile. You remove the aligners to eat, brush, or floss, but you should keep them in at least 22 hours each day for them to work. The orthodontist may also place tooth-colored attachments onto your teeth to hold the aligners in place.