The custom-made aligners made from Invisalign’s Smart Track material. This material is transparent yet strong. The clear, removable design of these aligners renders this orthodontic treatment virtually invisible to others, says Shameena, in the final and fourth part of the article, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.
This treatment option is a series of transparent aligners that slowly mould your teeth into proper position over time. Your doctor will scan your teeth using a digital scanning system that will then create 3D images of your teeth. You will then receive custom-made aligners made from Invisalign’s Smart Track material. This material is transparent yet strong. The clear, removable design of these aligners renders this orthodontic treatment virtually invisible to others.
The best part is that Invisalign works well just like traditional metal braces do for shaping your smile. Simply change out your transparent aligners ever one-two weeks and watch how your smile changes over time. Adults and teenagers alike love this option for orthodontic care because of their ease of use Patients can eat, drink, and clean their teeth with ease. These aligners must be worn the majority of the day, but can be removed when needed for certain activities. Invisalign transparent aligners are costlier than metal braces, but you gain the benefits of easy use and cleaning, and the ability to straighten your teeth in secret.
Braces create a beautiful smile, but the retainer maintains it while encouraging better oral hygiene long after its use goes away. Although retainers for teeth are most commonly used to hold straight teeth in place after braces, the advantages for your kids in wearing their retainers correctly – per their orthodontist’s orders – go beyond that.
Retainers for teeth are mostly used as the last phase of orthodontics treatment. After the braces have been removed, teeth can shift back to their original position. So, retainers worn overnight (if not longer) can help maintain the position of straightened teeth.
Wearing retainers correctly helps keep teeth aligned, offsetting the risk of poor general or oral health, per the International Journal of Dentistry. And according to the American Diabetes Associations (ADA), poor oral health can exacerbate the blood-related effects of diabetes. So wearing a retainer correctly, in addition to flossing, brushing and rinsing with products like Colgate®Phos-Flur, specially formulated for use after braces, can help counteract diabetes-related ailments.
A lesser-known advantage is that retainers can help breathing. Special types of retainers, according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, are used to not only help straighten teeth or align jaws, but for trouble with snoring or breathing at night.
Some wear retainers to help their speech as well. Kids Health states that retainers can help to adjust tongue placement to form sounds correctly as they develop their vocabulary.
It can be hard to consistently wear a retainer correctly and for long periods of time. But after a while, it will be a part of your daily life – just like the compliments you receive from their well-maintained smiles.
You will receive a retainer after your orthodontic braces treatment has been completed. Wearing your customized retainer is vital to maintaining a straight smile, as the teeth can quickly shift out of place. The first month is the most crucial as this is the time when your teeth will shift the most if a retainer isn’t worn.
Braces for Children
You are never too old to receive braces. Children, teenagers, and adults are all sporting various forms of braces all over the world. The braces you wear depend on your age. For children, most braces are for correcting bite and alignment problems. For adults and teenagers, the main goal is to straighten those pearly whites.
Children may need braces if bite and alignment problems are present, and this is actually the reason many children do have braces. During the childhood years, the mouth is still growing and the jaw is still forming. You never want to just let bite and alignment problems go unchecked, as they can create problems such as difficulty chewing, speaking, and talking as well as make the face grow differently and make the teeth harder to clean.
Children with bite misalignments need braces between ages 7-9 to correct problems before they become severe in adolescence and adulthood. This will save a lot of time, pain and procedures later on in life.
It’s never too late to correct orthodontic conditions you have. The benefits of adult orthodontics include: faster treatment time than former techniques, more discreet treatment options, correction of dental issues, increased confidence and even increased self-esteem.
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