Invisalign & Clear Aligners in Burnaby, BC
At Central Park Dental Clinic, we understand that our patients want to look their best. So, when faced with a decision about whether or not to straighten your teeth, the convenience of the treatment itself probably factors into your decision. Most of our adult patients don’t relish the idea of walking around with a mouth full of metal brackets while they have orthodontics, and that is why we provide an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment.
We’ve compiled a list of common questions we hear from our Burnaby, BC dental patients about getting orthodontic treatment. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have additional questions or if you’d like to make an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.
- How are clear braces different from traditional orthodontics?
- How do Invisalign and Clear Aligner brand clear braces work?
- What are the advantages of clear braces?
- Are clear braces for everyone?
- Can orthodontics be appropriate for all ages?
- How do invisible aligners work?
- Are do-it-yourself braces a good option?
- Are you ready for an orthodontic evaluation?
How are clear braces different from traditional orthodontics?
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to improve your teeth alignment without having to wear brackets and wires on your teeth? We offer clear braces in our Burnaby, BC dental office so that our patients have options when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
A few of the differences you can expect with clear braces include the following:
Invisible braces eliminate the need for brackets and wires by using a clear aligner system to gently realign your teeth over time. The length of your treatment will depend on how far your teeth need to move and how compliant you are with your treatment.
The clear aligner system is not usually visible when you speak and smile, so you can discreetly receive treatment.
Clear braces are removable, making it easier for you to maintain exceptional oral health during your orthodontic treatment without any special floss threaders or brushes. You can remove your trays to eat, as well, so you will not have to contend with stray traces of broccoli caught in your brackets.
While clear braces successfully address most orthodontic conditions with our Burnaby, BC dental patients, some complex cases may achieve better results with traditional treatment. The best way to find out if invisible braces will work for you is to contact our dental office and schedule a consultation.
How do Invisalign and Clear Aligner brand clear braces work?
Both Invisalign and Clear Aligner brands in Burnaby, BC utilize crystal clear aligner trays to gradually move your teeth. Each tray is a little different, and as you change them out, the aligner trays guide your teeth into their ideal position.
When you come to our Burnaby, BC dental office for treatment with clear aligner braces, we will take impressions of your teeth so that your trays can be manufactured by the Invisalign or Clear Aligner dental lab. You will wear your trays for approximately two weeks each and then change to the next aligner tray.
We will monitor your treatment and make sure your teeth are moving properly and that your trays are effective. For best results, it is necessary to wear your trays for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
As with all orthodontic treatment in Burnaby, BC, you will need to wear a retainer so that your teeth do not drift back to their original location. It would be a shame to let your valuable time and money go to waste!
What are the advantages of clear braces?
The obvious advantage of invisible braces is that your treatment in Burnaby, BC will be completely discreet. Because you will adjust to wearing your trays quickly, you can speak with no problem. You can also take your trays out to clean them and to eat, making oral hygiene easy and convenient.
As your treatment progresses, you will actually be able to see your results!
Are clear braces for everyone?
Clear braces actually work best on patients without complex occlusal (how your teeth come together) issues and for patients without complex orthodontic needs. Used primarily on Burnaby, BC patients in their teens and adulthood, clear braces can correct many orthodontic conditions.
Clear Aligner and Invisalign are also useful for our patients who are experiencing an orthodontic relapse, a condition that occurs when teeth drift back toward their original location. This usually occurs when patients fail to wear their orthodontic retainers.
Can orthodontics be appropriate for all ages?
While it is common to see kids and teenagers with braces adorning their teeth, it is less common to see adults beyond 30 years old wearing braces to achieve a straight smile. It’s with good reason! Adults often opt for more discreet treatment options to straighten their teeth. That is why we offer Invisalign in our Burnaby, BC dental office, making a straight smile both possible and convenient for our adult patients.
How do invisible aligners work?
Invisalign can correct many cosmetic and misalignment issues including unevenly spaced teeth, protruding teeth, overbite, and underbite using nearly invisible clear aligner trays rather than brackets and wires you may see on many younger patients.
The invisible aligners are removable, making it easy to brush and floss your teeth and to remove them if you need to give a big presentation to your coworkers. Of course, you should wear them most of the time to stay on track with your treatment, which we will monitor with regular dental appointments at Central Park Dental Clinic.
To find out if these clear orthodontics are right for you, contact us to arrange a dental exam. We will discuss your condition, options, and help you make a decision that works well for the future of your smile.
Are do-it-yourself braces a good option?
You might have noticed the number of YouTube videos and articles floating through social media about do-it-yourself braces. Kids are using everything from paperclips to rubber bands and even aluminum foil to move their teeth on their own without a dentist.
Not only can DIY braces in Burnaby, BC cause short-term problems such as cuts and abrasions on the gum tissue, but it can also cause long-term issues such as bone loss and poor occlusion (a bad bite). Teeth should never be moved without the supervision of a dentist or orthodontist with the proper training and experience to ensure that the end result allows for proper jaw function and chewing.
If you are interested in achieving a straight smile for improved function or aesthetics and need a dentist in the Burnaby, BC area, we welcome new patients and will guide you through the orthodontic process in a way that gives you great results and protects your oral health in the meantime. Proper orthodontic care requires knowledge of the teeth, jaw, bone and bite. Taking your smile into your own hands could permanently damage your teeth and bone, even leading to tooth loss.
Braces are an investment in your health and your smile that lasts forever. Put away the paperclips and rubber bands and come learn about our effective options.
Are you ready for an orthodontic evaluation in Burnaby?
We believe you will be amazed by what is possible with clear braces, and we look forward to presenting the possibilities for your own smile.
If you want to improve the appearance of your smile by having straighter teeth, contact our Burnaby, BC dental office today. Dr. Chan, Dr. Rensen, Dr. Chu, and Dr. Day look forward to meeting with you to discuss your orthodontic treatment options.