Problems with crooked teeth have been around in Australia and all over the world for a very long time, with Aristotle and Hippocrates recorded discussing it around 300-400 B.C. Numerous attempts through the ages have tried to address the issue, but it was only in 1819, with the introduction of the crib by Delabarre that contemporary orthodontics really took off.
There is a classification system that is still in use today that will describe how crooked teeth are and which way they point. This system came from Edward Angle in the early twentieth century. Angle is accredited with being a major contributor to the design of dental and orthodontic appliances.
Braces And The Process Of Straightening Teeth
The use of braces is designed to move the teeth by applying force and pressure in various directions, which gradually move the teeth into the desired position. The brace consists of four basic elements brackets, a bonding material, arch wire and a ligature elastic, with rubber bands or springs sometimes utilised to provide additional force in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the tooth is loosened within the jaw bone, and new bone subsequently grows, which supports the tooth in its new position. Braces have never been particularly popular with wearers, as they are not particularly aesthetically pleasing and many people feel very embarrassed wearing them, so when a new, almost invisible system arrived on the market, it is no surprise that it generated significant interest.
Invisalign is a clear set of hard plastic aligners, individually designed for your mouth, using an advanced digital scanner, to create a digital impression of your mouth, which provides your orthodontist with a rectification plan and a pretty accurate timeline for treatment. Probably the biggest attraction of Invisalign, is being essentially invisible when wearing it, you don’t have to deal with the embarrassment of wearing metal braces. As with all things though, there are pluses and minuses to be considered.
Benefits of Invisalign
A key benefit of Invisalign is that being similar to a mouth guard, it is far more comfortable to wear, with no wires or brackets. There are no sharp edges, which might create nicks and cuts in your mouth. Obviously being clear, many people won’t even know that you are wearing them and you are able to remove them whenever you want, unlike braces which are there for the duration.
Invisalign is very low maintenance, and you remove them before eating, then clean your teeth and floss, and pop them back in. An unexpected benefit, is that due to needing to remove the Invisalign to eat, and subsequent cleaning, many people have reported losing weight because they snack less. You can find dentists offering Invisalign in North Sydney and other Australian city suburbs, as it has become so commonly available.
The Cons With Invisalign
The payback for invisible braces start with it being fairly expensive compared with traditional braces and they need to be worn 22 hours a day. The idea is that you only remove them for eating and oral hygiene. This can be a problem if you are going out for a meal or at lunchtime in school. You also have to clean your teeth after every meal before reinserting, so you will need to carry your toothbrush with you everywhere. It can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you get a new set, so you may require painkillers for a while. Invisalign is also not suitable for all conditions, so before setting your heart on Invisalign, you should discuss the matter with your local dentist.