Invisalign is the preferred treatment method for people who want to avoid metal brackets and wires of conventional braces. Invisalign aligners are tailor-made to fit an individual’s needs.
Several people opt for Invisalign treatment over traditional braces. It uses a set of clear aligner trays that slowly align your teeth. The best part is they are removable! This makes them a convenient choice for teenagers and adults while ensuring effectiveness and comfort.
- 1 Shaving Or Filing Teeth In Invisalign Treatment
- 2 The Benefits Of Teeth Shaving In Alleviating Crowding
- 3 Is Teeth Shaving Necessary For Everyone?
- 4 When Is Teeth Shaving Done?
- 5 How is Teeth Shaving Done?
- 6 Risks and Safety Considerations
- 7 The Process of Invisalign Treatment
- 8 Other Preparatory Steps For Invisalign Treatment
- 9 Benefits Of Invisalign Treatment
- 10 Conclusion
Shaving Or Filing Teeth In Invisalign Treatment
Teeth shaving is known by many other names – Enameloplasty, teeth slenderizing, teeth contouring, or Inter-Proximal reduction (IPR). It is a process used to reshape the tooth.
If your teeth are crowded and not entirely rectangular, when they move into their desired position, they may not fit in with the rest of your teeth correctly. That’s when shaving and filing come in handy to orthodontists. They help improve the overall fit of aligners.
A cosmetic tool with a high-speed abrasive tip is used to gently remove adequate amounts of your teeth’s enamel. Your orthodontist removes just enough to create the necessary space for teeth to shift into alignment.
The Benefits Of Teeth Shaving In Alleviating Crowding
Teeth shaving can play an integral role in correcting something called the Bolton index discrepancy. It indicates that your upper arch should be at least 23% wider than your lower for your teeth to fit perfectly.
Aesthetics aside, crowded teeth can cause other issues such as problems with the bite, pain in the jaw, teeth grinding, and so on, and teeth contouring can provide a simple solution to this problem.
Research has indicated that teeth shaving can be a clever alternative to permanent tooth extraction. Consider a person with mild crowding in your lower front teeth. Instead of tooth removal, your orthodontist may suggest teeth contouring before undergoing braces treatment.
This way corrections in alignment can be made by shaving small amounts of teeth enamel. It creates more space and your teeth shift into better alignment over time, without the pain of tooth extraction.
Ultimately the act of shaving teeth is to create more space in your mouth so that your teeth can fit in appropriately post-treatment.
Is Teeth Shaving Necessary For Everyone?
Not all Invisalign cases require teeth shaving, and deciding to do so will depend on your treatment goals. Prior consultation with your Invisalign provider will confirm if it is necessary for your treatment plan. It is mostly recommended for mild cases of crowding or overlapping of teeth.
When Is Teeth Shaving Done?
While wearing the first set of trays, some patients undergo this procedure. For others, it may be recommended later during their treatment.
How is Teeth Shaving Done?
Orthodontists use diamond-coated abrasive strips manually to remove the required amounts of enamel. It is easier to control the amount of enamel removed with them.
A dental drill does the same job but is used to remove larger amounts of enamel. It is a hand-held instrument with a high-speed rotating bur or disc that helps remove tooth enamel.
Once the instrument type is decided, the orthodontist subtly shaves the teeth to create the necessary space. No local anesthesia is required since the procedure is generally painless. But if the patient feels uncomfortable or a large amount of enamel needs to be removed, then it may be necessary.
Risks and Safety Considerations
A detailed dental evaluation is done before proceeding with the treatment. Weak, decaying, or damaged teeth may be at risk of infection. But otherwise, teeth shaving is a low-risk procedure that any dental professional can perform.
The Process of Invisalign Treatment
Review and Consultation
Treatment starts with an orthodontic review and consultation. X-rays and impressions of your teeth are taken. Your orthodontist then develops a treatment plan based on those results. They will also discuss your goals and expectations for treatment.
Once the treatment plan is created, your orthodontist will use 3D technology to develop a set of aligner trays that are designed to fit snugly over the teeth.
Invisalign treatment typically lasts from 12 and 18 months on average. You have to wear every set for two weeks or more after which you will receive a new set. Headway made will be checked regularly by the orthodontist to ensure that treatment is progressing well.
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will wear a retainer. Wearing them ensures your teeth stay put in their final positions. Retainers can be of two varieties – bonded and removable. The former is bonded to the back of your teeth while the latter can be removed.
Other Preparatory Steps For Invisalign Treatment
Tooth-colored filling material
Once your orthodontist explains the treatment plan, they will tell you how many aligners and how many attachments you will need. Some people may require tooth-colored filling material to be added to the edges of the teeth. They give an even edge to dental arches.
They are also used to restore any damaged or decayed areas of the teeth.
Attachments or buttons are tiny nodes bonded to certain teeth. They are tooth-colored and grip the aligners, helping them move your teeth.
Spacers or separators
Spacers or orthodontic separators are tiny latex-free rubber bands that are placed between the teeth to gently push them apart, making it easier for the aligners to fit properly.
Benefits Of Invisalign Treatment
If you want your braces to remain inconspicuous then Invisalign is your best bet. The entire treatment may go unnoticed by your friends and colleagues!
Ease and comfort
Invisalign aligner trays are made from a smooth pliable material. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, you can enjoy your favorite foods throughout treatment.
Improved oral hygiene
Aside from being comfortable to wear, Invisalign is also removable. This makes maintaining oral hygiene during treatment a breeze. Brush and floss your teeth as usual, without needing to steer through fixed brackets and wires!
The power of customization
Invisalign treatment is tailor-made to fulfill the needs of each patient. It takes into account your personal goals and expectations.
Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign can be a wonderful alternative to regular braces. And teeth shaving is a common procedure used during this process to make space between teeth or correct the tooth shape.
Making informed decisions about dental care and achieving the best outcomes begins with understanding the entire treatment process, including teeth shaving.
Choosing an experienced, qualified dental professional is crucial though to minimizing risks and ensuring the best results.
We at GotoBro have the expertise and have always endeavored to create perfect smiles. If you are interested in perfecting your smile by wearing Invisalign, book your consultation with us now.
Dr. Bill Redmond is a native of Southern California, the son of an orthodontist and the husband of a general dentist. That makes family gatherings pretty interesting…if you like teeth!