Treating crooked teeth

Misaligned and crowded teeth may cause you a great deal of distress. Not only may you find them unappealing, but they can also be unhealthy. The improper positioning of the teeth can lead to accelerated decay and can compromise the health of your gums. You may also find that you have chronic discomfort and pain in your jaw, or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), your neck and perhaps your face.

The solution to this issue is braces – an even better and more aesthetically pleasing solution is Invisalign! Metal braces are a big commitment. The average time of completion is around 18 months, and they require special care and attention. For some, this isn’t an easy option. Metal braces can be uncomfortable, difficult to clean and difficult to eat with. For adult patients, metal braces can also be inconvenient or unsuitable for their work or lifestyle. This is why many patients avoid traditional orthodontics when looking to straighten their smile.

Your treatment options

At Advanced Dental Artistry we offer two predominant treatment options for crooked teeth, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign.

Porcelain Veneers

In some cases, crooked teeth don’t even need to be moved to achieve that ideal smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover the problematic teeth and give a brilliant and straight appearance. If you’d like to learn more about Porcelain Veneers, click here.

Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually change the position of teeth over a period of time. By using computer technology and 3D software, your ideal treatment plan can be determined. Your removable aligners are kind of like a thin transparent mouthguard that are barely identifiable to the naked eye. Each aligner is a minor adjustment to the last, causing a gradual force which incrementally moves teeth to their ideal position.

How long does treatment usually take?

The average treatment time of Invisalign is 12 to 18 months. Of course, this depends on the individual case.

How long does it last?

The benefits of Invisalign will last a lifetime.

Does it hurt?

The reality is many dental procedures cause discomfort of differing levels depending on the type and severity of the procedure. When it comes to Invisalign, you may have some discomfort for the first few days after putting in your aligner. However, this will quickly subside.

What is the Invisalign process?

The Invisalign process can best be described through a series of steps.

Step 1: This is your initial consultation. Here, we will assess your teeth and oral health to determine if Invisalign is a suitable treatment.

Step 2: A 3D scan will be taken of your mouth and jaw. Using this, your treatment plan and aligner trays will be determined. These scans will be sent off to the labs where your trays are created.

Step 3: You will come in for your first set of aligner trays. Here we will run you through some things that you’ll need to keep in mind whilst undergoing Invisalign treatment so that both your teeth and aligners are taken care of.

Step 4: You’ll need to come in for a series of follow-up visits to collect your new set of trays. We also use these visits to monitor your treatment course. These are about 6 – 8 weeks apart, depending on the length of your procedure.

Taking care of Invisalign

If you do undergo Invisalign treatment, there are some things you’ll need to do to ensure the success of treatment and health of your teeth. It’s important to remember that although Invisalign trays are removable, you still need to wear them for at least 22 hours of the day. You should only remove them to eat meals. Additionally, once you’ve eaten, you’ll need to brush your teeth before putting the tray back in. This is to prevent food getting stuck in the trays or building up on your teeth. If you’re unsure about any of these tasks, the team at ADAP will be able to help you at any step of the way.

Can I see results of others who have had this problem resolved?

Please see below the examples of just some of our many happy clients who have closed the gaps in their smiles. We thank these clients for allowing us to share their amazing results and stories.

What are my next steps?

So that we can best help you it’s important that you come in for a personalised review and consult. Book in for a complimentary discussion where you can meet our team, and learn about which options are available to you. Alternatively call us now on 1800 SMILING (1800 764 546) to arrange your booking.

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