Our Winnipeg family dentists at Odyssey Dental Care are proud to offer Invisalign®, a clear aligner orthodontic treatment for teens and adults in Regent, East Kildonan, Transcona, and surrounding Winnipeg communities!
Invisalign® is a set of virtually invisible aligners which are made of a thermoplastic material that look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign® clear aligners are custom-made for you, to correct orthodontic dental health concerns such as:
Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.
Overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth.
It's typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.
This can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It's usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth.
This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Open bite often occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking, an open bite can cause poor or painful chewing, and even speech impairment. It can also lead to greater issues like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally.
When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth.
This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned.
It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth.
This can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of Invisalign® clear aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your Odyssey Dental Care dentist.
When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.
Choosing Invisalign® treatment is an important dental and financial decision, so it’s essential that you find the right dentist.
At your initial consultation, we will discuss your needs and evaluate whether Invisalign® treatment is right for you.
When you're ready to begin treatment, the next step will be to take images of your teeth. From there, we will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth and how long your treatment will be.
Your custom-made aligners will be provided to you. They are removable and virtually invisible, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Wear your Invisalign® clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results, and try to only take them out to eat, and to brush and floss.
As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. The dentist may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups every 4-6 weeks.
At every stage, you’ll be able to see your progress and the formation of your new smile.
When your treatment is complete, keep your new smile as healthy as possible by committing to a daily oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once daily.
The length of treatment depends on your unique orthodontic needs and can only be determined by the dentist during your consultation.