Invisalign are invisible/transparent braces for straightening your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces these are new modern way to rearrange crooked misaligned teeth.
- Invisalign are made from clear, plastic, custom-made trays placed over teeth for 20-24 hours a day. They can be removed during eating and oral hygiene. When worn each set of tray gently exerts pressure on the teeth to rearrange their position. The trays are replaced after every two or three weeks until the treatment is complete.
- Patients usually experience pain/discomfort when wearing their first set of aligners but tend to quickly adjust to it.
- Visibility is a setback for traditional orthodontic treatment. Invisalign does the effect day to day routine of a person privately or socially. They also have no impact on speech and are comfortable to wear.
- They are not fixed to the teeth so they do not hinder eating movements and your teeth cleaning habits.
- Using fixed or partial orthodontic treatment along with Invisalign can treat situations that require precise tooth control movement for alignment.
- Patients should contribute enthusiastically in wearing Invisalign for achieving best results. If a patient is not responsible we suggest them to wear fixed braces.
- Your dentist needs to customize a diagnosis and treatment plan best suited to your need. Every step of the plan from digital to customizing aligners using printing process must be carefully planned. You dentist might even help you to choose from Invisalign, lingual braces or conventional braces depending what best suits you. At German Dental Center we combine powerful technology and doctor’s expertise to help you through the Invisalign treatment process.
- According to your treatment plan, you might need to see your dentist after every 4-6 weeks for adjustments. We recommend people to drop in occasionally so we can help them keep motivated in wearing your aligners and make sure everything is going great.
- Invisalign can also replace your existing braces.
- If you opt for Invisalign, we can help cover up your missing tooth or gaps too.
Invisalign can treat a wide range of conditions such as crowding, gaps, over bite, under bite, cross bite and generally straighten the teeth.
Invisible Lingual Braces
Invisible lingual braces help you smile confidently during and after treatment. With invisible lingual braces you don’t need to wait for the braces to come off so you can give your new smile to people around you.
Invisible or incognito lingual braces work behind the scene because they are hidden inconspicuously on the back side of the teeth and are practically invisible when you smile. Invisible lingual braces are 100% customized without making you self-conscious about your face and braces.
Benefits of invisible lingual braces
– Invisible braces fit on the back of the teeth and hard to notice.
– Unlike traditional braces they do not leave white spots on the front of the teeth.
– They are low profile; follow the contour of your teeth providing maximum comfort and minimum interference in speech. Unlike the removable aligners, invisible braces are always in and always functioning without constant worry of removing during eating and drinking.
– Invisible braces are 100% customized according to shape of the teeth. The custom brackets and wires work together to straighten your teeth with minimum discomfort.
Who can wear invisible lingual braces?
Most patients who can be treated with traditional braces can also be treated with invisible lingual braces regardless of their age. Ask your orthodontist about invisible braces today!
The treatment process
– Modeling and manufacturing
Your orthodontist will take impression or digital scans of your teeth and send them to the lab. Your brackets and wires will be custom designed using computer aided CAD/CAM tools and 3D printing technology. Each part is uniquely made to suit your exact fit and treatment needs.
– Getting your braces
After braces have been manufactured, your dentist will set an appointment to fit them inside your mouth. Since they are customized just for you they will fit perfectly and comfortably.
– Living with the braces
Live a happy easy life with invisible lingual braces after at least two weeks of adjustment.
Jaw Joint Disorders
Jaw joint disorder is a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). It causes pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. A temporomandibular joint is the most complex muscle in your body. It is made up of bones, muscles and a small piece of cartilage.
A temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge connecting the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull that are in front of the ears. It function is to facilitate jaw movements (up, down, side by side and back to front) helping you to chew, bite and talk.
Jaw pain can be due to genetics, arthritics or jaw injury. But the exact causes for the pain are difficult to determine.
What are the causes?
Dentists believe that that jaw joint disorder occur due to problems with the jaw muscles and parts of the joint. Injuries to the jaw, joint or muscles of the neck can lead to TMD. Other causes include:
- Dislocated jaw
- Misalignment of the teeth or jaws
- Exerting pressure on the joints while grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Arthritis that damages the small cartilage in the joint
- Stress because it makes a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
What are the symptoms?
- Temporary or permanent jaw joint disorder causes pain and discomfort. Common symptoms include:
- Pain in your jaw, ear and temple
- Noises such as clinking, popping or grinding when moving your joint
- Pain in one or both the temporomandibular joints
- Aching in and around your ears or a headache around your temples
- Tired facial pain
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth due to lock joint
- Difficulty chewing and biting
When to see a dentist?
You must seek medical attention as soon you start feeling pain or tenderness in your jaw. Your dentist can discuss and look for the causes of the jaw joint disorder and suggest the possible treatment. He might suggest you over-the-counter medications, advice possible changes to your diet, which might include eating soft foods, physical therapy or massage to loosen up your jaw.
Laser dentistry is an innovative and precise way to perform dental cares for gum surgery, cavity treatment, or oral issues and other dental procedures. It is a minimally invasive option and has a huge potential to improve dental procedures.
A laser is an instrument that produces narrow, intense beam of light energy. Medical professional use these focused beams to remove or shape tissues in a highly specific areas without damaging surrounding tissues. On contact with tissue it causes a reaction. Laser has proved to be an effective tool to increase efficiency, cost, comfort, ease and shorter time spans of the dental procedures. Laser dentistry is best suited for children who are frightened of dental work done on them.
Lasers used in dentistry
Dentists use lasers in a variety of procedures depending on the tissue type.
For hard tissues:
- Caries prevention
- Restorative removal and curing
- Cavity preparation
- Dentinal hypersensitivity
- Growth modulation
For soft tissues:
- Removal of hyperplastic tissue to uncover erupted tooth
- Photodynamic therapy for malignances
- Photostimulation of herpetic lesion
Types of Laser
Lasers used in dental practice can be classified into lasing medium (gas laser and solid laser). Tissue applicability (hard tissue and soft tissue lasers) and range of wavelength.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Dentists choose laser because of the distinct benefits laser provide over traditional or manual treatments such as
- Anesthetic is not necessary laser treatment
- Lasers sterilize the gums avoiding infections
- Since laser is targeted towards the area of interest, so less healing time and less damage to gums
- Less loss of blood than conventional surgery
What happens during laser surgery?
Laser surgeries are similar to other dentistry surgeries. You walk into the dentist’s office like an ordinary dental visit. The dentist gives you a small amount of anesthesia, lies you back on the chair with your mouth propped open while he works his way inside. You might feel some vibrations or small discomfort from the laser but that is normal and the feeling goes away quickly.
Are dental lasers safe?
Dental lasers are as safe as any other dental instrument. Just make sure your dentist is a trained practitioner. German Dental Center has the best dentists with years of laser education and training.