The role of Invisalign dental aligners
Invisalign or Summum style aligners play the same role as conventional braces. They replace overlapping teeth, close spaces between the teeth called diastemas, realign teeth, etc.
Follow-up visits are generally the same as for treatment with braces. The invisible aligners are changed every 7 to 14 days, depending on the type of movement planned. Depending on what your dentist or orthodontist has decided, each dental aligner works to adjust your teeth by putting the desired pressure on your teeth.
Finally, since Invisalign or Summum dental aligners are removable, you have fewer dietary restrictions than with conventional braces and oral hygiene remains easy to achieve.
The two types of invisible dental aligners
There are two types of dental aligners used to perform an orthodontic treatment.
Summum aligners or the well-known brand InvisalignTM
Summum or InvisalignTM aligners are modern, nearly invisible methods of correcting mild to moderate orthodontic problems. They align teeth (as dental braces would), but in a transparent, removable way. They consist of a series of clear aligners that you change every 7 to 14 days on average, or as prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist. This system does not have metal brackets or wires, which can sometimes irritate the gums and mouth.
Each dental aligner is custom-made to allow the teeth to move into the final position prescribed by your orthodontist.
In general, treatment with Summum or InvisalignTM dental aligners is faster than treatment with braces. Since the patient is responsible for his or her treatment, discipline is required to avoid compromising or prolonging the orthodontic treatment.
To find out if this method is right for you, make an appointment with an orthodontist at Lapointe Dental Centres.
MTMTM (Minor Tooth Movement)
MTMTM technology is an invisible orthodontic technique recommended for minor shifts of a few teeth. This type of treatment targets only the 12 most visible teeth in the smile (6 bottom and 6 top).
MTMTM treatment involves making one or a few invisible dental aligners from the impression of the teeth to be replaced. Pressure points will apply some force to the teeth to align them. Since only a few teeth are targeted, the treatment time is a fraction of that of a full orthodontic treatment. The patient will return to the clinic regularly (every 2 to 4 weeks on average) to follow the progress of the orthodontic treatment.
To find out if MTMTM technology is right for you, make an appointment with an orthodontist at a Lapointe Dental Centre.