In an ideal world, everyone would have perfectly aligned teeth. The reality, however, is that only 30 to 40 percent of people have properly aligned teeth. The rest have to contend with dental problems like underbite, overbite, cross bite, and crowded and misaligned teeth, collectively known as malocclusion of teeth.
Most cases of malocclusion are hereditary by nature, although the problem may be caused by a variety of issues like cleft lip, the use of pacifiers and feeding bottles beyond the age of three, jaw injuries, teeth compaction and poor dental care.
Treating malocclusions requires the use of dental aligners which include metal braces and invisible teeth aligners. Over the past few years, the latter have gained popularity due to their advantages. Unlike metal braces, an invisible teeth aligner can be removed, which means that the patient does not have to worry about avoiding some types of food, cleaning the teeth and even the embarrassment typically associated with wearing metal braces.
But how does an invisible teeth aligner work?
Treatment begins by finding a trustworthy dentist who has the knowledge, experience and skill in using invisible teeth aligners to treat malocclusion. Your chosen dentist will assess your unique condition and determine whether an invisible teeth aligner is the best option for you or if you are better off with metal braces.
Assessment will involve the use of X-rays, dental impressions and pictures. If you are deemed to be a good candidate for the use of invisible dental aligners, your dentist will proceed to make a 3D image of your mouth. This will enable him to make a specialized treatment plan for you. With today’s technologies, your dentist can also show you what the end result will be, as well as the progress you can expect at various stages of the treatment. On average, treatment using invisible dental aligners will take a year.
Once your dentist has drawn up a treatment plan for you, you will receive your dental aligners which are made specifically for you. These aligners are made from plastic which is smooth and comfortable to wear. One of the common issues raised by people who wear metal braces is that their aligners irritate their cheeks and gums. With invisible dental aligners, these problems are eliminated. Upon issuing your aligners, your dentist will give you detailed instructions about how long you need to wear these, along with care and maintenance instructions.
During your treatment, you have to schedule visits to your dentist so that he can monitor your progress. Also, your dentist will provide you with a new set of aligners on each visit.