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Take care of your Invisalign braces

Invisalign is a popular new form of orthodontics that many people with teeth problems are making use of. Knowing how to properly care for this new form of orthodontics can help your treatment process yield the best results.

What are Invisalign braces?

Invisalign makes use of a series of clear and comfortable aligners that are removable in order to slowly correct the teeth alignment. They are made using 3D computer imaging technology to custom make the aligners to your mouth.

What are some of the benefits to Invisalign?

People prefer Invisalign as they are convenient and less time-consuming than conventional metal braces. If you feel self-conscious about orthodontic treatment Invisalign is invisible and therefore more comfortable for adults to wear. The aligners are removable so you are able to eat and drink whatever you wish, as well as play sports freely without being hindered during treatment. The plates also enable you to brush and floss as normal due to the fact that they are able to be removed.

If I am a suitable candidate, how do I wear Invisalign?

Visiting the team at iSmile orthodontics for a consultation is the first step to ensuring that you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. A patient is required to wear their aligner for two weeks, removing it only when eating, drinking and brushing their teeth. After wearing a specific aligner for two weeks you will be required to wear a new one that will slowly and progressively shift the position of the teeth.  You will need to visit your dentist at iSmile Orthodontics every 6-8 weeks in order to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

What are some things I can do to take care of my retainers and my teeth?

  • Ensure that you clean both the inside and the outside of your aligners thoroughly before wearing them using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. Wash your hands with soap and water and handle only one aligner at a time.
  • Never use denture cleaner or mouthwash to clean your Invisalign aligners as this can damage the material.
  • To apply the aligner insert it over your teeth and use your fingertips to apply pressure over the molars to secure them. Do not bite the aligners into position as this may cause damage to them.
  • The aligners are only affective if they are in your mouth. It is recommended you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat, drink or clean your teeth.
  • You are able to drink water whilst wearing your Invisalign aligners, however if you are eating or drinking anything else you will need to remove them in order to prevent discoloration.
  • Ideally you should try to brush or floss your teeth after every meal or snack. If this is not possible you should rinse your mouth with water and clean your aligners by holding them under warm running water.
  • Always store your aligners in the case which is provided to you to prevent them getting lost or damaged.
  • To remove the aligners use your fingertip on the inside of the back molar to slowly pull the aligner from your teeth.
  • When starting a new set of aligners, switch to your new set in the evening and rinse them. You will need to wear your new set for 12 hours straight. If you feel discomfort, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Store your previous set of aligners as a back-up just in case something should happen to your current set.
  • Probably the most expensive mistake that most patients make is forgetting to insert their retainer back in after eating or drinking. It is best to come up with a system to remind yourself to wear your retainer consistently.

Consult with your orthodontist about any questions you may have.

Speaking to your orthodontist at iSmile Orthodontics about any questions you may have is the best route you can take when it comes to Invisalign. Your orthodontist will guide you in the best way to care for your aligners as well as the crucial information you need to ensure treatment runs smoothly. iSmile understands that accidents happen and will happily replace any broken or lost aligners free of charge. Call iSmile Orthodontics on +61394668484 to book an appointment today.

How to treat Diastema

Some gaps are barely noticeable to the naked eye and some are more visible especially if they’re in the front of the teeth. The good news is there is no major harm in someone having this gap but for others, it may make them embarrassed or even shy to freely open their mouths when around people. Anything that makes you feel weary should be rectified or treated if there is a way to do so.

At iSmile Orthodontics we treat a number of patients in various parts of dentistry, often cosmetic dentistry is a part of the field where we hope to make someone feel better about a feature or dental problem that bothers them. Like mentioned, even though Diastema is not harmful it can make someone unhappy if they don’t like the gap in their teeth

What causes someone to have Diastema

A difference in the size of your jaw bones and the size of your teeth can cause extra space in between your teeth or cause teeth crowding. Sometimes your teeth are undersized, causing your main front teeth to separate or develop a space.

Bad habits can also be a cause, some children grow up sucking on their thumb or a favorite finger, this pulls the teeth forward and causes a gap. Most of us aren’t aware that there’s a correct an incorrect way of swallowing our food but in the case of Diastema, swallowing incorrectly can also cause a problem. An action referred to as the tongue thrust is the incorrect way of swallowing. In this instance, your tongue pushes against your front teeth and over time that pressure will cause spaces to form. The correct way of swallowing is the resting or pressing against your palate which doesn’t then interfere with your teeth.

Loose teeth also form spaces or gaps. A form of gum disease which is called Periodontal gum disease is when a bone that supports the tooth or teeth is lost, this all results in the teeth having no support and becoming loose. In time they form spaces

What about children? Does your child have gaps even though they don’t have a thumb sucking habit? Don’t despair, often children’s teeth grow out with gaps but as they grow older their baby teeth fall out and the teeth that grow out do so normally

Is your gap forever?

 If your teeth and jaw aren’t aligned as they should be then the gap you have could be for a lifetime unless you choose the option surgery. Maintain good oral health is very important when one is dealing with Diastema. For some people the spaces aren’t a health hazard and so they don’t see it as a problem, especially since its not a dental or gum disease. What if though you don’t like the gap or gaps, what are your options?

We have treatment options for you!

At iSmile Orthodontics we have a number of options you could consider. Let’s consider a few

Braces. This is a very popular option for most adults and children, to rectify the alignment of the teeth we usually highly recommend metal braces on the top and bottom of the teeth. The braces will be reviewed and rewired every 6 to 8 weeks to ensure that they are tightening or pulling back the teeth the way they should be. In terms of budget this a good viable option

Invisalign. This new technology is great for teens and for adults who don’t want any visibility. The appliance is custom made and is applied directly to the teeth, giving you the same effectiveness of normal braces. This is also a good option for someone who is shy, who might feel that the braces will draw attention to them

False teeth. Due to sickness or even injury, adult teeth may never grow back in and so you might need a more permanent solution. The false teeth we use for our patients are custom made and fit in perfectly and seamlessly into the existing row of their teeth.

Different Types of Misaligned Jaws

When a patient puts their teeth together, we call that relationship—in occlusion.

One of the things an orthodontist looks for, in a patient’s occlusion, is that the upper teeth are out over the top of the lower teeth.  That is normal occlusion. When the upper and lower teeth don’t meet comfortably the cause is a misaligned jaw. Sometimes if the condition is severe it can interfere with eating, breathing, sleeping, speech, and cause discomfort and pain even when the jaw isn’t moving. This is because the joint where the upper and lower jaw meets is complex, and when it isn’t able to function properly, chronic pain is often the result.

The most well-known issues in this category include overbites and underbites; however, there are other types of misaligned jaws.

Overbite

This is where there is a significant overlap of upper teeth over lower teeth. An ideal overbite has a degree of overlap that would be about one or two millimetres and is not regarded as a malocclusion. A deep overbite, also referred to as a vertical overbite, is approximately 4 to 10 millimetres deep, and is considered a malocclusion which requires treatment. When an overbite is deep, the patient’s chin generally is pushed back by the upper teeth towards the jaw joint. Deep overbites generally cause the shape of the patient’s face to be short and round. Without overbite correction, the patient’s speech is less than clear because the patient has to accommodate their jaw position for all the various types of function as speaking, chewing, clenching and grinding.

Underbite

An underbite occurs when a person’s lower jaw protrudes forward and in front of the upper jaw giving the chin and lower teeth prominence. Besides the aesthetic issue, underbites can also cause other problems, such as difficulty with chewing, swallowing and speaking. Underbites can wear down tooth enamel, increasing your chance of developing tooth decay or other dental problems. Underbites occur mostly due to genetic reasons. However, children who have had prolonged pacifier use may also develop an underbite.

Crossbite

Crossbites occur when one or more teeth may be tilted toward the cheek (known as buccal) or toward the tongue (known as lingual) as compared to the tooth above it. The crossbite can be on one or both sides of the jaw. The condition causes excessive stress on the jawbone. Sometimes it is caused by thumb sucking or by a delayed loss of baby teeth or an irregular eruption of new teeth.

Open Bite

This is when upper and lower teeth do not touch each other and are forced outwards – even when the mouth is closed.  The problem is often caused by any action by the patient which puts a strain on the alignment of the teeth, especially when the patient is young. Primary causes in this regard are thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and chewing on a pencil or some similar object. Prolonged and incorrect use of feeding bottles and pacifiers could also contribute to the development of the condition. The patient could develop a lisp from an open bite.

When these types of malocclusion occur, an orthodontist will be able to correct them using a variety of techniques. The method used to remedy your malocclusion will be determined once your orthodontist has diagnosed the condition.

Misaligned Jaw FAQs

Can thumb sucking affect my child’s teeth?

Yes. Thumb sucking can lead to a variety of issues such as open bites. If your child is in the habit of thumb sucking, it is in their best interest for you to step in to try and break this poor habit for the sake of their teeth.

How is malocclusion corrected?

There are a variety of ways in which an orthodontist may correct malocclusion. This ranges from orthodontic elastics to headgear. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

How long will treatment take to correct malocclusion?

This is a highly individual matter and differs greatly from patient to patient. The time in which it takes to correct your bite is dependent on the severity of the malocclusion as well as whether or not it is coupled with any other issues. Treatment can range from anywhere between a few months to a few years.

 

If you have any questions about the alignment of your jaw, please contact us today!