Invisalign is a new teeth straightening option for many dental patients when it comes to the correction of crooked teeth. For a start, Invisalign is virtually invisible, it’s a plastic, custom-made set of dental aligners, Invisalign was invented to offer patients an alternative to the traditional and more conspicuous braces. It’s also removable, which makes for easier brushing and can be left out on the odd occasions when you want to look your best (despite the fact that it’s already unobtrusive).
Will Invisalign work for me?
The answer is, it depends on the extent to which your teeth and bite require correction, because Invisalign is subject to some limitations. If your teeth only require straightening, Invisalign may well be the ideal option. However, if you have crowded teeth, your jaw may require expansion. Another option is to create spaces by cutting in between the teeth prior to straightening.
Unfortunately, Invisalign allows for only limited jaw expansion, as compared with braces. A combination of the traditional orthodontic techniques such as expansion appliances and elastics can easily be incorporated in the treatment protocol.
Are there any drawbacks to using it?
With any type of medical/dental treatment, there are always risks associated with it. Invisalign is one of these treatments where the risks are very low; as long as the patient follows the instructions carefully, usually they will be happy with the end result. One of these risks is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. If TMJ pain occurs during treatment, Invisalign treatment is not necessary the cause. It is possible that the patient was already at risk of having TMJ pain regardless of whether they have Invisalign treatment or not.
I already have TMJ pain. Should I go down the Invisalign route?
If an active TMJ pain exists, the patient should not be commencing any Invisalign treatment, or any other orthodontic treatment. The TMJ pain should first be treated and managed carefully. When the condition is under control, Invisalign treatment may then be considered after a thorough assessment.
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