More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Often times, because adults usually are more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results turn out far greater than with a child and or a teen. Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve your smile's appearance, but also, to improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you have crowded or overlapping teeth, you may be unable to reach those areas and run the risk of severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of tooth enamel and possible TMJ/TMD pain. Recent improvements in traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets. Conventional braces with metal brackets are the most familiar, however, clear and tooth-color ceramic and plastic brackets are now available.
Anterior cross bites occur when the upper front teeth are inside of the lower front teeth. Over time, the lower jaw grows into a forward position abnormally, thus inhibiting the growth of the maxilla (roof of the mouth or upper jaw). Once the source of the interference causing the cross bite is eliminated, the appliance guides the maxilla back into position. The front of the appliance is moved outward through the tension of an expansion screw at the base of the unit while the back teeth are used for anchorage.
Braces are bonded brackets, archwires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for appearance and function.
Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band.
Today's orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever for children, teens and adults.
Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?
Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.
A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Six Month SmilesÂ® utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
Invisalign is the breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you've always wanted without the hassle of braces. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year.
|Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.||X||X|
|Straightens your teeth||X||X|
|Average cost is about $5,000*||X||X|
|Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy||X||Â|
|Lets you remove the device when you want||X||Â|
|Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening||X||Â|
|Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health||X||Â|
|Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums||X||Â|
|Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks||X||Â|
|Invisalign Teen: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.**||X||Â|
* November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey
** Invisalign Teen Only
Invisalign - Halfway through treatment - Loving it.
Invisalign cleaning and maintenance
This video explains how patients can use and care for their Invisalign aligners, including cleaning and maintenance tips.
Invisalign Teen is the only clear orthodontic aligner therapy designed to address the unique concerns of treating non-adult comprehensive patients. Because aligners are removable, patients can continue to eat their favorite foods and brush and floss normally to help keep teeth and gums healthy.
Invisalign Teen has all the features of Invisalign Full, plus:
- Compliance indicators track the patient's approximate wear time and help provide reassurance for parents that the teen is being compliant.
- Six free individual replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen to replace lost or broken aligners.
- Many teens present for treatment with erupting permanent dentition, so Invisalign Teen has been engineered with a feature to help prevent supra eruption of the second molars.
Randall's mom, Sandi, talks about her daughters experience with orthodontic treatment using Invisalign. "Randall was completely adamant about not getting braces, period. With my older children, they all had braces. They didn't have a choice. Randall has the Invisalign, she had the choice. The treatment has been 100% positive. You want your child to have nice teeth, and this works. I would recommend Invisalign Teen to anybody, without a doubt."
Ryan lives for any type of sports and is always on the go. Anything that can help him go with that lifestyle was really beneficial. Invisalign Teens seemed to really fit in with his active lifestyle. It took approximately 10 months total for the entire process. His teeth seemed to change very rapidly and with minimal discomfort. It was great to see that he was putting effort in to the process, knowing that the reward would be a great smile.
Alex's mom, Karen talks about her sons orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen. "Alex had an overbite and crowding in his bottom teeth. He was very hesitant to start treatment for his teeth. He was determined that he would not wear braces. "Hands down, "I want the Invisalign." Alex is active in sports. We wanted to coordinate his treatment with his sports. He can wear his mouthguard right over his invisalign. And he's happy, and he smiles!"