Teeth Straightening - Regular Orthodontics And Invisalign Clear Aligners
Orthodontic treatment is not just for straightening your teeth and making you look good. Teeth alignment has a direct effect on your jaw structure and form. It causes bone damage, gum diseases, eating disorders, and speech problems.
Who Needs Teeth Straightening?
When do you need to see an Orthodontist?An orthodontist specialises in teeth alignment, bite correction, and the overall aesthetics of your dental structure. The medical term for problems with the development of your teeth and their alignment is called malocclusion. Even though malocclusion has no negative impact on your physical health, it is an eyesore. It makes you feel embarrassed when smiling or laughing. Severe cases also lead to jaw deformities and chewing difficulties. Some of the common orthodontic problems are:
CrossbiteWhen the upper teeth are too far behind the lower teeth, even with the mouth closed, it is known as a crossbite. The teeth touch the cheek and tongue and can lead to jaw deformity if not treated.
OverbiteIn an overbite, the upper front teeth jut out over the lower teeth. Not only does it feel and look uncomfortable, but an overbite can also cause the lower teeth to bite or rub against the top of the mouth.
UnderbiteAn underbite occurs when your lower teeth cover your upper teeth. It is caused by an extension of the lower jaw. An underbite causes your lower teeth to come in front of the upper ones. The width of the gap varies from person to person and can cause eating and chewing difficulties.
CrowdingAs the name implies, crowding happens when your teeth are too close together. It causes crooked teeth and makes cleaning difficult, thus leading to cavities and gum diseases.
OpenbiteA gap between the lower and upper teeth that do not allow them to meet when biting or closing your mouth is called an openbite. It usually occurs in younger children but can persist in adults in some cases.
Spacing or gapsGaps in the middle of the teeth happen naturally or due to missing teeth. Empty spaces between your teeth can cause bone loss and change the shape of your jawline.
Upper Front Teeth Protrusion or OverjetSimilar to overbite, front teeth protrusion happens when the upper front teeth extend over the lower front ones.
Unmatched dental midlinesWhen your upper and lower teeth don’t meet and don’t show even when the mouth is closed.
Causes and DamageOrthodontic problems are usually hereditary. They can also occur from the prolonged use of a pacifier, bottle feeding, and thumb sucking when young. Other reasons include injuries or medical conditions. Improper dental treatment like poorly fitted dentures or braces can also lead to misaligned teeth and jaw problems. Malocclusion also leads to difficulties in oral hygiene because of the unnatural position of the teeth. It can also lead to tooth decay and cavities. Orthodontic treatments work not only as a cosmetic procedure to correct your teeth alignment but also as a preventive measure against a whole host of dental problems.
Orthodontic TreatmentsAlong with a complete range of dental procedures, we offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatment plans. After a detailed assessment of your teeth’ position, our orthodontist will recommend a personalised plan for your treatment. It can last anywhere from six months to more, depending on the type of treatment and appliances you need. We use a combination of fixed and removable appliances to fix and realign your teeth. Our in-house team of orthodontists will recommend the best type of appliance, customised to your mouth and teeth, to accelerate your treatment.
Fixed AppliancesFixed orthodontic appliances cannot be taken off during the duration of the treatment. You must take specific precautions and care to maintain their efficacy and make routine visits to the orthodontist for cleaning and checkup. Fixed orthodontic appliances include:
- Fixed space maintainers
- Special fixed appliances
Removable AppliancesYou can take off removable appliances before oral cleaning and flossing. They are usually used for adults and include:
- Jaw repositioning
Invisalign Clear Aligners
How do they work?Once you have decided to use Invisalign aligners for your teeth straightening, our orthodontist will take your bite impression and send them off to the lab. Invisalign uses the latest 3Dtechnology to create your set of personalised aligners. Each set is changed as the shape of your teeth corrects itself. With Invisalign aligners, you can:
- Take them off for brushing, flossing, and eating
- Leave then on for at least 22 hours a day during treatment
- Clean the braces easily by giving them a rinse and a regular soak
- Get an exact fit because of the digital impression scan
- Enjoy life without hiding your smile
- Check your progress with each fitting of the new brace
- Enjoy the comfort and ease of an appliance that is made for you
- Correct your teeth and get a gorgeous smile in as little as six months