Invisalign Invisible Braces for Teeth Alignment
Our clinic offers Invisalign treatment, which utilizes invisible braces to straighten teeth and improve both appearance and functionality. The process begins with a comprehensive oral scan using the iTero Element scanner to accurately record the patient's full set of teeth. The electronic tooth model is then imported into computer software to design the treatment plan. Finally, custom-made Invisalign aligners are created for the patient, and the treatment can officially commence.
Orthodontics and Clear Aligners
Traditional braces vs. clear aligners
The Difference Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces
Many patients who come for teeth alignment consultations often have the same question: "Which is better, Invisalign or traditional braces?"
Firstly, Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made for each patient. Before starting the treatment, the following steps are taken: 1) Taking intraoral photographs and facial photographs to capture the patient's teeth and facial features, 2) Taking X-ray images, and 3) Using an intraoral scanner (iTero) to scan the entire set of teeth and create a digitalized model. The three-dimensional tooth model is then presented on computer software, where the dentist can analyze and plan the appropriate treatment for the patient. Finally, the computer generates the customized Invisalign aligners based on the treatment requirements.
Invisalign, as a new generation of teeth alignment tool, indeed has its advantages compared to traditional braces.
Wearing Invisalign aligners eliminates the need for metal or ceramic brackets adhered to the tooth surface and metal wires, reducing the occurrence of oral ulcers caused by friction during the treatment. Additionally, Invisalign aligners exert a gentler force compared to traditional braces, reducing discomfort during the treatment and providing a more comfortable teeth alignment experience for patients.
Moreover, wearing Invisalign aligners makes it convenient for patients to maintain oral hygiene. In the Invisalign treatment process, there are generally fewer attachments compared to traditional braces, and the attachments are usually smaller and smoother. This reduces the likelihood of food residue getting stuck on the teeth after eating. Furthermore, after removing the Invisalign aligners, patients can perform their regular oral hygiene routines as they did before the treatment.
Lastly, properly worn Invisalign aligners are snug and transparent, allowing patients undergoing teeth alignment to maintain a clean and presentable appearance.
One of the advantages of Invisalign (such as Invisalign) is that it is convenient for eating and can be removed for cleaning. Traditional braces are fixed on the teeth, and there are more and smaller attachments, requiring users to spend more time on cleaning. Improper cleaning may result in "decalcification spots" on the tooth surface after completing the treatment, posing another aesthetic issue. Invisalign aligners, when coupled with appropriate cleaning, can reduce the occurrence of these problems. Here are some "tips" for cleaning Invisalign aligners:
1. Remove the aligners when eating and clean them as soon as possible after eating, then wear the aligners again, ensuring to wear them for 20-22 hours per day.
2. Only drink plain water while wearing the aligners and avoid consuming sugary beverages to prevent sugar accumulation inside the aligners, which may lead to tooth decay.
3. Avoid consuming dark-colored foods or drinks such as curry, milk tea, coffee, etc., or clean the aligners after eating before wearing them to prevent pigment staining on the aligners.
Case Study: Invisible Braces for Buck Teeth Correction
Invisible braces treatment duration: 13 months
This case involves a female patient in her twenties who presented with buck teeth. However, she was very apprehensive about tooth extraction and desired a non-extraction approach for teeth correction.
- Buck teeth
- Undesirable lip contour
- Severe lingual inclination of the lower right second premolar
Invisible BracesTreatment Plan
- Correct the buck teeth problem
- Use invisible braces to align the teeth
Invisible BracesMain Strategies and Overview
- Utilize Interproximal Reduction (IPR) - tooth reshaping to create space and allow for proper alignment and positioning of the teeth.
- Expand the upper dental arch.
Take the patient's iTero intraoral scans, X-rays, and other data, and send them to the Invisalign company to create a computer-generated 3D scan and establish the treatment outcome.
Invisible Braces Results
Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, are suitable for correcting buck teeth cases without the need for tooth extraction. By conducting a detailed analysis of the teeth and formulating an appropriate treatment plan, it is possible to achieve significant improvements in tooth alignment, appearance, and lip contour in a relatively short period of time.