The British National Health Service states that teeth aligners/ braces tend to be more successful in children as compared to adults. Therefore, the earlier you get an invisalign treatment, the better. However, anyone encountering this form of treatment for the first time will always have questions about it.
To clear any doubts that you may have, here are several helpful answers to some of the questions you may have.
Can You Switch From Braces to Invisalign?
In order to answer this question, you first need to understand that these two forms of dental treatments serve quite similar functions.
Dental/ orthodontic braces are useful in aligning and straightening teeth in order to position them for a proper bite. These devices are mostly used to correct overbites, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, open bites, crooked teeth and malocclusions, among many other flaws in jaws and teeth. Invisalign can be used as a transparent alternative to the wire braces.
Due to this general similarity between the two devices, it’s perfectly possible to use them interchangeably. However, only a qualified medical professional can determine whether this should be done, since each individual case is different. Therefore, you need to consult your dentist to know exactly what should be done.
What Happens if You Have Bridgework?
If you have bridgework on your teeth, this will clearly present a challenge while seeking Invisalign treatment. To understand why, you need to know exactly what function bridges serve.
According to the International Dental Health Foundation, there exist two key ways of replacing missing teeth: partial dentures (removable false teeth) and dental bridges. Unlike partial denture, the false tooth in a bridge is anchored on the surrounding teeth. Automatically, this will prevent repositioning of the set of teeth that are anchored together. Hence, Invisalign treatment won’t effectively correct misaligned teeth that also have a bridge.
Will There Be Any Side Effects?
Just like every form of treatment, you should always follow your dentist’s directions; otherwise, you may end up with not-so-good side effects. For instance, if you don’t take out your invisible braces while eating, you are putting yourself on the path to developing tooth decay. This harmful side effect would be further compounded if you also don’t brush your teeth.
However, even when you follow proper treatment as prescribed by your dentist, you may still experience some slight discomforts. This is especially so in the very beginning, at which point you may experience some pressure on your teeth. Such an experience is perfectly normal and should not cause any alarm, since aligners cause your teeth to move into place by exerting pressure on them.
When removing your aligners you may also experience some looseness in your teeth. This is a normal occurrence that happens because your gums are simply reforming as your teeth move. When this movement is complete, you can expect to have a firm set of teeth with the gums providing a strong anchor around them.
Just remember not to take anything for granted and always make sure to fully disclose all these experiences with your dentist. You just might overlook a much more sinister occurrence, disguised as a slight discomfort.