This type of orthodontic treatment is very predictable and effective in growing adolescent patients.
It is common for a space to develop between the upper front teeth when palatal expansion commences. This is viewed as favourable as it confirms that true skeletal expansion has occurred.
This space tends to close naturally when the active expansion is completed. Any small residual space is simple to resolve with fixed appliance treatment.
This type of treatment is commonly referred to as a first phase treatment an aims to move the upper and lower teeth into a good position relative to one another and to encourage ideal growth of the jaws. It usually commences when there are still some first teeth present and there is active growth occurring. This growth allows the jaw growth to be directed and the teeth to move into a better position. The new permanent teeth are then more likely to erupt in the correct position.
The duration of this phase varies with the severity and nature of the problem, but is generally approximately 9 to 12 months. Co-operation, by wearing the appliance, is the most important factor. Good wear can reduce the treatment time and poor wear can result in no improvement whatsoever.
All orthodontic appliances are designed to apply gentle pressure to the teeth, which results in tooth movement. The wires and plastic apply the pressure to the teeth. The movements possible with plates are limited compared with full braces. They are good at moving many teeth but are not as good as braces at positioning individual teeth into an ideal position.
There may be a break between the two phases while the remainder of the permanent teeth erupt. During this time it may be necessary to wear an appliance occasionally to maintain the correction that has been achieved.
Braces have improved significantly in function and design over the years. Using technology from the space industry, orthodontic wires are now capable of providing more gentle forces over a longer period of time. This often translates into a decreased frequency of office visits, reduction in overall treatment time and a decrease in the discomfort of wearing braces.
Braces are composed of brackets and wire. The brackets are small squares attached to each tooth and are metal or ceramic. When a wire is bent into various shapes, then seated into the bracket it acts as a spring which wants to return to its original shape. With a constant application of gentle pressure bone is absorbed on one side of the tooth. At the same time, new bone slowly hardens on the other side to hold the tooth in its new position. This is the reason teeth feel slightly loose when they are moving.
If you have ever considered transforming your smile but have held back because you did not want metal braces Invisalign could be the answer for you.
Invisalign - What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of removable, clear aligners that can be used to straighten teeth.
Each aligner is worn for two weeks and gradually moves the teeth into a beautiful smile. Invisalign treatment is customised for you, as each aligner is individually manufactured to fit your teeth.
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Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is a great way to transform your smile without interfering with your daily life.
The key benefits of Invisalign are:
Invisalign is a great option for adults who want to transform their smile while minimising the impact of treatment on their day-to-day life. Invisalign has been used to treat over one million patients worldwide. Due to the growing rate of Invisalign clinical experience, an ever increasing range of orthodontic cases can be treated with Invisalign.
The features of an ideal Invisalign case are:
Now, with the introduction of Invisalign Teen even adolescents can enjoy the benefits of the Invisalign System. The Invisalign Teen system is specifically designed for the needs of teenagers. Invisalign Teen:
Invisalign treatment is customised and therefore the number of aligners varies for each person. On average the treatment time with Invisalign ranges from 9 to 18 months. During your treatment you will visit us every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments. At these appointments we will check your progress and issue you with new aligners to continue the straightening process.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
The Invisalign System then uses 3D computer technology to generate a virtual model from impressions of your teeth. Your orthodontist then plans the exact tooth movements that need to be performed using this model. The virtual 3D treatment plan (ClinCheck®) shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck, your custom-made, clear aligners are created specifically for you.
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