Category Archives: Invisalign

Tooth pain from Invisalign treatment

I am using Invisalign to straighten my teeth and am currently on my forth tray of aligners. I have a total of nine sets to complete, so I guess I’m about half way there. Anyway, I noticed a pain in a premolar. This tooth is one that has an old filling in it. So I think my dentist would like to get a new filling but he used a temporary filling with medication in it. He said the medication would help to ease the pain in the nerve. But it’s been a few days now and the tooth is killing me. Do you think the increase in aggravation is from the temporary treatment he just did?

– Louis in Oregon

Louis,

Any kind of orthodontics treatment, including Invisalign, places pressure on the teeth to move them into the correct position. And this increase in pressure may make your teeth more sensitive while chewing. The Invisalign system places pressure on the soft tissue around your teeth, as well as the tooth itself. Some pain from this treatment is not uncommon. Although, it sounds like that old filling is really bothering you.

The treatment your dentist did is more of a precaution. He or she is probably wanting to see if that helps with the tooth pain. There is always a possibility that the old filling may have a small crack or may even be beginning to leak around the exterior of the filling. Bacteria can get into the small crevices that surround the filling. This could also be what is causing you discomfort. And if that is the case, it will be difficult to clean it out.

A temporary filling will help to reduce the sensitivity and may seal the tooth better to protect the nerve center or pulp of the tooth. If the decay has reached the pulp, than you may require additional treatment. This is because if the nerve dies, you will need a root canal treatment to save the tooth. All that said, the pain may take several days to subside. It would be good to followup with your dentist in a week or two if the pain is still lingering. An x-ray will be able to provide better information to treat this issue properly. If the filling is okay it still sounds like a replacement filling may be in order. White composite fillings are a great solution for the replacement treatment. They bond to the tooth to make it stronger and they are mercury-free. Ask you dentist if he or she does white composite. There are many mercury-free dentists out there that don’t even place silver amalgam fillings anymore.

Hopefully this answered your question.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Steve Bader of Ultimate Aesthetics.

Invisalign for missing teeth?

I have always had crooked teeth and my parents never could afford braces. To complicate things, I actually have two bicuspids of which one of them was recently pulled because it was bothering me. My guess is that since these are still baby teeth that the other will have to come out too. I also had a back molar extracted.

What I’m trying to find out is if these missing teeth will still allow me to be a candidate for Invisalign. I really do not want to get ugly metal braces as an adult. My dentist was also recommending I replace these teeth with dental implants.

One last thing is that I also have an underbite. So I don’t have much space between my top and bottom teeth. Maybe the top ones can be moved to make more room. Does all that make sense?

– Ruth in West Virginia

Ruth,

Missing teeth does not automatically disqualify you from being an Invisalign candidate. But there are some other factors that may affect things. You  mentioned that you have an underbite which may actually be a bigger obstacle in straightening your teeth. Another issue where Invisalign is not recommended is if an individual has severe crowding.

That said, every dentist has their own opinion of how effectively Invisalign will straighten teeth. If you meet with an orthodontist, you will likely experience that they are more conservative. This is because their comfort level is geared toward brackets to straighten teeth. Most general dentists will be more willing to try Invisalign for a variety of cases. Another thing worth mentioning is that every Invisalign case is also monitored by an Invisalign staff orthodontist. This means if your case is approved by Invisalign, then it is generally safe.

It may be in your best interest to meet with a couple of dentists to see what their opinion is of your specific case. It is difficult to make any recommendations without having seen your teeth.

As far as your question about replacing the lower teeth, that would likely not be required for Invisalign to close the gaps in your lower teeth. That said, you still need to seek the advice of a dentist that can evaluate your case in person.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

What to do when your front teeth are too big?

I can’t tell you how much I hate the way my two front teeth look. They are big and long and they stick out in front more than the others.

I’m finally ready to do something about them, I just don’t know what to do. I have been trying to research and figure out what kind of cosmetic dentistry option is right for me. But I get the feeling that anything cosmetic will end up making them bigger and uglier than they look already.

Maybe I just need to have them removed and replaced with dental implants? Do you know if that will work or do you have any ideas? Please help!

– Kathryn in South Carolina

Kathryn,

Having your teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants is a very extreme measure. Please, don’t remove your otherwise healthy teeth.

You need to consult with an expert cosmetic dentist. It is excellent that you are doing your homework but you don’t have to do this all on your own. A great cosmetic dentist is passionate about creating beautiful smiles and will go out of their way to make sure you absolutely love your new smile.

It is always challenging to make recommendations to someone without having actually seen their case. So again I’ll mention working with a true cosmetic dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is a world-renowned organization so if a dentist is a part of the AACD it is likely they do excellent work.

One option to reduce the appearance of teeth is to have them trimmed down with diamond strips to make them both shorter and narrower in appearance. After that has been done, a retainer would help to reposition them.

Another option that may work is Invisalign. This innovative system has a very high patient satisfaction rating and repositions teeth to their proper position. They are invisible too.

Or if they are really large and the appearance needs to be greatly reduced, porcelain veneers could be placed after the teeth are prepared and shaved down a bit.

You are on the right track and well on your way to a beautiful new smile. Just make sure you seek the talent of a cosmetic dentist that is experienced and has a beautiful portfolio of work. You need to focus more on which dentist you choose instead of choosing the treatment.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

How long will it take for Invisalign to straighten my teeth?

Hello,

I have had an initial consultation with my dentist and I’m all set to get Invisalign next month. I know that traditional metal braces takes like three years to straighten teeth, so I was wondering how long it takes with Invisalign? I really don’t have teeth that are messed up too badly, it’s more like a couple small gaps. I’m hoping they are corrected for my senior year. I want straight teeth for my senior pictures.

– Laney in New Hampshire

Laney,

On average, Invisalign takes about half the time as traditional metal orthodontics. There are many factors that contribute to exactly how long they will take to correct teeth for each patient. For example, the duration depends on how often you wear the aligners and it also depends on how much tooth movement is required. As you begin treatment, your dentist should be able to provide a better approximation of your completion date. There are cases that have required very minimal tooth movement and have been straightened in as little as six months. For more extreme cases, Invisalign  may take closer to two years to move teeth into their correct position.

Remember, Invisalign invisible braces are just that, invisible, so no one will notice that you have them on. Another benefit is that Invisalign is completely removable. So if you are concerned about your senior photos, just remember that you can take the aligners out so you don’t have to worry about it. It is hard to say exactly how long it will take for your specific case, but if you start next month your teeth will be noticeable straighter for your senior year than they are today.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

Related post: Porcelain veneers can give the appearance of straightened teeth.

Disadvantages of Invisalign?

I am looking into my options for straightening my teeth and am considering Invisalign. Can you tell me what the drawbacks are to this treatment?

– Karen in Michigan

Karen,

There aren’t too many disadvantages to Invisalign invisible braces. In fact this treatment actually has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings in the industry. Clear plastic aligners are used to straighten teeth in about half the time as conventional braces. They are removable so you can still eat and brush your teeth like you normally would, and no one can really see the aligners because they are virtually invisible.

As far as drawbacks go, Invisalign is more expensive than conventional wire and bracket braces. And although they are safe for most adults, they are not the recommended treatment for teenagers or children whose teeth may not be fully erupted.

Another cosmetic dentistry treatment that gives the appearance of straight, white teeth is porcelain veneers. Although veneers will not actually correct the position of your teeth, they can give you a beautiful smile.

This post is sponsored by Newton, MA dentist Dr. Steve Bader of Ultimate Aesthetics.

How much longer is Invisalign than braces?

I have heard that Invisalign is a nicer alternative than regular metal braces. I really don’t want to get braces because they are ugly and all my friends have already got them off. How much longer does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth when compared to braces?

– Tammy in Texas

Dear Tammy,

The good news is that you have heard incorrectly about how long Invisalign takes. They actually take about half the time as traditional metal braces. On average, Invisalign takes about a year to straighten teeth and for some individuals they have worked in as little as six months.

Invisalign has many benefits. The clear aligners are invisible and completely removable. This means they can be removed before you eat and also when you need to care for your teeth. Invisalign is much more comfortable too. This innovative system is safe and works well for most adults.

It is true that they are a bit more expensive. Another disadvantage is that they are not recommended for children or teenagers whose teeth have not completely erupted.

You should meet with your dentist to help you to determine if you are a good candidate.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

Related post: Porcelain veneers can give you the appearance of straight, white teeth.