Month: June 2020

A smiling woman holding invisalign or invisible braces.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Everyone deserves a bright, healthy smile they are happy with. But for many of us, traditional metal braces are undesirable or impractical. Adults, in particular, can find it embarrassing to wear braces and for people who play contact sports on a regular basis, they can be dangerous. Those looking for an alternative can turn to Invisalign.

These removable, invisible aligners are easier and more comfortable to wear, which has made them widely popular as an orthodontic solution. Custom-moulded to your bite, the aligners slowly move your teeth to the desired position. You’re given a new set approximately every two weeks until your teeth are straightened.

What is the Treatment Process?

The treatment process for Invisalign begins with an initial consultation with a dentist at an approved clinic such as King Street Dental. Your dentist will determine whether it’s an appropriate treatment for you then take impressions and photos of your teeth.

These are then sent off to the Invisalign team, who 3D print a series of custom-made invisible aligners. Your dentist will give you three or four pairs of aligners every two or so weeks depending on your treatment plan and desired results.

When Do You Have to Wear Invisalign?

To be effective, you need to wear your retainers for as much of the day as possible (20 to 22 hours). You should only take them off to eat food, consume hot or sugary drinks, clean your teeth or take an occasional short break.

Is Invisalign Painful?

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t irritate your cheeks and gums and you have the benefit of being able to eat whatever you want. You may experience temporary discomfort and an effect on your speech, but this tends to pass in a couple of days once your tongue gets used to having them in your mouth. After that, most people barely notice them — this makes it easy to wear them for most of the day.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The average period of treatment is around 12 months for an adult or up to 24 months for a teenager, from getting your first aligners to fully correcting your teeth. Of course, this can vary depending on your specific case. Your dentist will provide you with a detailed treatment plan during your consultation, where you’ll get a better idea of the treatment length.

Taking Care of Your Aligners

Taking care of your invisible aligners is simple. Clean them by gently scrubbing with a soft toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. Ensure you never wear your aligners while eating or drinking anything other than water as they can distort when coming in contact with heat.

Anything that contains sugar or acid can sit on your teeth beneath the aligners causing plaque and decay. Prevent this by quickly cleaning your teeth after every meal, drink or snack before putting your aligners back on.

Find Out More About Invisalign at King Street Dental

At King Street Dental, our dentists are approved to provide Invisalign orthodontic treatment from our clinic in Templestowe. Our professional and friendly team of dentists have extensive experience providing a wide variety of dental treatments from teeth whitening to dental implants.

Book an appointment today by calling 03 9841 8033  or contact us online

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Little boy with dentures in the dental office.

How Often Should My Family Visit the Dentist?

When it comes to dental health, prevention is essential. That’s why regular visits to the dentist are important for every family member in addition to maintaining good oral hygiene practices at home. Dental health issues can often arise long before you notice any pain or other symptoms. But exactly how often should you visit the dentist and is it different for children and adults?

How Often Adults Should Book Dental Appointments

Generally speaking, you should book a dental appointment at least every six months to a year. The truth is that everyone has different dental health needs as well as different risk levels of developing dental health problems. The frequency of your dental appointments should be personalised based on that. This is something you can discuss with your dentist when you go in for a checkup.

How Often Should Kids Visit the Dentist?

It’s most convenient for your family to visit the dentist together. Fortunately, the frequency of dental visits for children is typically the same as for adults unless they have special requirements. For example, children and teenagers are more likely to require orthodontic treatment, which means they need to visit more frequently. Even if your children have pristine dental health, regular visits are a great way to help them feel more comfortable at the dental clinic, setting them up for a lifetime of good dental health practices.

Why Are Regular Visits to the Dentist So Important?

Regardless of the precise frequency, regular check-ups are essential. The professional dental cleaning you receive during your regular checkups is incredibly effective at removing plaque, tartar and staining, ensuring your mouth remains healthy and fresh. Dental cleans remove hardened plaque (calculus) your toothbrush can’t remove, helping to prevent gum disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regularly visiting your dentist substantially lowers your risk of having a dental health problem in the first place.

They also give your dentist the chance to check your mouth for any signs of dental health problems such as cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, orthodontic issues and oral cancer. Early intervention is crucial if any of these problems are discovered. Treatment options for dental health issues when caught early are much easier, faster and affordable. Dentists can offer specific tips and advice for improving your oral hygiene at home during your check-up.

How Often Do Australians Visit the Dentist On Average?

Despite ongoing pleas for people to visit the dentist regularly, too many Australians neglect their dental health. A National Dental Telephone Interview Survey in 2010 revealed that only 55.5 per cent of adults had visited a dentist in the preceding 12 months. Children and seniors tended to visit the dentist more often while young adults are much more likely to avoid it only to regret it later when dental health problems start to occur.

Book an Appointment Today at King Street Dental

At King Street Dental, we offer high quality general and specialised dental care services to people of all ages from our clinic in Templestowe. Our professional and friendly team of dentists have extensive experience with everything from dental cleans and teeth whitening to dental implants and orthodontic treatments.

Book an appointment today by calling 03 9841 8033  or contact us online.

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