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Invisalign – A tray a day keeps the frown away!

Here at Havenview Dental Centre, we know how important a healthy smile is. Not only do we strive for a healthy smile, but also a happy smile. It is important to maintain oral health that makes you feel good both on the inside as well as the outside. Though we can take the necessary steps to optimal oral health, sometimes we need a little help in the process.  Invisalign here in Scarborough may be what you’re looking for! They can offer both an aesthetic and functionality aspect and have increased in popularity. Here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign in Scarborough!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a specially designed orthodontic device that is custom fitted for your teeth. It is a clear BPA-free plastic form of dental braces that are designed to adjust your teeth gradually. You wear one tray or a set of two for a couple weeks before moving on to the next tray that will eventually rotate your teeth to their desired position. For more information click here.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

It is important to note that not all patients are suitable candidates for invisalign treatment. Factors such as severity, bite, crowding and other factors can play a role in determining whether you can use invisalign treatment to correct your smile. These would be discussed during a consultation. 

How long is treatment?

Treatment can take approximately anywhere between six to eighteen months depending on the severity of your case. You usually switch out your trays anywhere between two to four weeks depending on how well your teeth are responding to the treatment. They are a great alternative to traditional metal braces as they offer a discreet way to obtain your wanted smile.They are usually worn between 20-22 hours a day and can be removed while eating or drinking. They can also conveniently be removed when taking a photo which is an advantage over metal braces in those special moments when you want to smile extra big!. 

Do I have to go to an orthodontist to start invisalign?

Some general practitioners are qualified to offer invisalign treatment. Here at Havenview Dental Centre, we offer invisalign for those patients who are suited for treatment. Your custom trays are ordered directly from Invisalign and you are scheduled every couple of weeks to switch your trays.

What do I expect when starting my invisalign journey?

The first appointment entails photos, necessary xrays and impressions. These are sent to Invisalign so that they are able to create a treatment plan and prescription based on your specific case. This treatment proposal is then presented to you as well as important details regarding proposed results and length of treatment. If you are satisfied with the treatment plan, Invisalign proceeds with fabricating your trays which can usually take anywhere between 2-3 weeks.  It is also important to note that in certain cases, buttons are placed on the teeth to help with the movement. These are tooth colored to ensure they are discreet! When you have completed your trays, you may also need to wear retainers that are similar to your invisalign trays for an additional amount of time to make sure your teeth don’t shift back. It is also good to note that some cases may be covered by your insurance or extended health benefits. Make sure to ask our administrative administration team to determine eligibility.  Here at Havenview Dental Centre, your leading practitioner in providing Invisalign in Scarborough, we know how a great smile makes you feel even greater. To book your consultation today and find out if you’re a candidate for invisalign treatment, please call us at 416-291-3117 today!

Adult Orthodontic Treatment: Braces vs. Clear Retainers

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Although childhood is the ideal time to correct any positioning problems with your teeth, many people didn’t have the opportunity as children to get the dental care they needed. In addition, dentistry has progressed tremendously over the past 20 years, which means the options on offer now far outpace those that were available in the 1980s and 1990s. Adult orthodontics include Invisalign from our Scarborough dental office, which enables you to enhance your smile regardless of your current age. You aren’t alone, either, because the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in four orthodontic patients is over age 18.

Types of Adult Orthodontics

Adult orthodontic patients seek treatment for a range of dental concerns, including a crossbite, crooked teeth, overcrowding, or gaps between the teeth. The most common forms of treatment are the use of braces, and fortunately the days of unsightly metal braces or unwieldy headgear are gone. Options now include braces, Invisalign aligners, and clear retainers. Many of these are almost invisible, although even braces with visible components are less unattractive than in the past. Here are some of the benefits of choosing Invisalign vs. braces.

Braces

Many adult orthodontic issues can be treated effectively by fitting the patient with braces, which have traditionally been used for decades. Braces now come in a range of streamlined models, including some made from tooth-coloured ceramic. This helps them to be less obvious in the mouth, although they do still have visible components such as wires or rubber bands. The braces are attached to your teeth for the duration of the treatment and are not removable. Although most patients quickly get used to wearing braces, they do require extra care to keep the teeth clean. Wearers are also discouraged from eating certain foods that can cause damage to the braces.

Invisalign Treatment

When you choose Invisalign orthodontic treatment, you’ll be fitted for a series of clear aligners that gradually change the position of the teeth. They are thin, plastic-type trays made according to your impressions, which fit perfectly over your teeth. These are engineered to put gentle pressure on the problem teeth, guiding them slowly into place.

You’ll be required to change to a new aligner every two weeks, or according to the schedule our Invisalign Scarborough dentist provides. The aligners are not only virtually invisible, but are also removable for eating, brushing, or briefly on social occasions. As long as you wear them for at least 22 hours a day, you’ll receive the benefit of the treatment.

Wearing Clear Retainers Afterwards

Most patients are required to wear clear retainers for at least 6 months after Invisalign treatment ends, to maintain the results delivered by the aligners. In some instances, you may have to wear these for longer, depending on your individual situation. Our Invisalign dentists in Scarborough will be able to determine whether you need to go on wearing retainers and for how long.

Cost Factors

Invisalign cost in Canada ranges from $2,000 to $8,000. According to manufacturers, treatment can cost between $3,000 and $9,000, but having dental insurance can significantly reduce costs. Most insurance companies pay for your dental visits, and a portion of the treatment cost for each year you’re having treatment. The initial cost of traditional braces could be slightly lower, but any repairs or replacement parts will be for your account or your insurance. This means that for patients who are eligible for either procedure, the costs are comparable.

Resolving your dental issues and enhancing your smile can be life-changing, and with the advancements in adult orthodontics there’s no reason why you shouldn’t benefit from the opportunities available. To schedule an appointment to discuss your options with an experienced, compassionate Invisalign dentist in Scarborough, please call 416-291-3117 or click here to contact us today.