Why would you want to align your teeth?

A beautiful smile is often the prime motivation for those considering Invisalign.

At Sydney Holistic Dental Centre, we help you not only achieve that beautiful smile, but also address important health problems that narrow jaws and crowded teeth can cause. These are:

  • Obstructed Breathing – Narrow jaws and crowded teeth reduce the amount of space in your nasal passages, your sinuses and the space your tongue has in your mouth. This inhibits your ability to breath well, particularly while asleep.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene – Teeth that are crowded within narrow jaws are far more likely to accumulate plaque and calculus as they are much harder to keep clean.

Invisalign provides a multifaceted solution. As holistic dentists, we focus on the person attached to the teeth, their overall wellness and, importantly, the quality of their sleep.

Straightening teeth with Invisalign:

  • Creates enough space for all or your teeth, improving your airway for optimal breathing
  • Allows easier cleaning, better oral hygiene and fewer gum problems and possibly cavities
  • Also results in a beautiful smile, without the need for metal braces

Below provides a summary of the signs and symptoms that people experience before deciding to undertake invisalign. Included is the focus and benefits that you can experience by straightening your teeth:

Sign/Symptom Our Focus at SDHC Holistic Benefits
Narrow arches Expanded dental arches Improved airway and breathing.
Underdeveloped lower jaw More space in lower jaw More room for the tongue to sit without falling back and blocking the airway.
Problems with tongue posture and lip seal Correcting tongue and lip posture Called myofunctional therapy, this addresses the core reason for teeth becoming crowded.
Mouth breathing habits Nasal breathing encouraged Breathing through the nose instead of the mouth gives many health benefits such as better filtration, better oxygen retainment and reduction in snoring.
Crowded or crooked teeth which are more difficult to clean Well-aligned teeth Much easier to keep clean to avoid cavities in the future.
Teeth staining Teeth Whitening A straight smile is further enhanced by gentle whitening processes, increasing attractiveness and confidence.
Dissatisfaction with appearance and smile A beautiful smile A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.

The connection between your teeth, airway and posture is often overlooked.

In this example, you can clearly see that with a wide jaw, aligned teeth, there is more room for the tongue.

Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible, custom-moulded removable aligners, allowing you to remove them for eating and cleaning while giving you the smile you’ve always wanted – without the hassle, appearance and discomfort of braces.

Features of Invisalign Benefits
Custom-moulded aligners, changed regularly Eliminates pain and soft tissue irritation that is often associated with metal braces. A gentle, step-by-step way to straighten teeth.
Removable aligners Eat, brush and floss normally to maintain and improve oral hygiene.
Clear, virtually invisible aligners Comfortable and attractive while your teeth are being straightened.

Commonly Asked Questions

An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about 9-18 months. You’ll see us every 8-10 weeks for adjustments and to check progress. At regular intervals, you’ll receive a new set of custom-moulded clear aligners to continue the straightening process. The total number of clear aligners is specific to you.

Aligners are worn at all times and taken out only for consuming food and beverages other than water.

Aligners can create sensitivity for a short period of time. This usually only lasts 1-2 days.

Ninety-five percent of people our society don’t have enough room for all 32 teeth we’ve evolved to have – 16 on the top jaw, 16 on the bottom jaw. Although it has become “normal” to have third molars (wisdom teeth) removed, there should actually be enough room in the jaw for these molars to grow and be functional. As such, our focus is on the cause, not the symptoms. We address the core issue of a narrow jaw in order to make room for the natural number of teeth. We never extract teeth to simply make room for others to become aligned.

There are two reasons why teeth crowd.

First, the nutrition that we receive from the moment of conception right through pregnancy and into the early years of our lives affects the shape of our jaw.

The second reason is that when we are born, the balance between our tongue, lip and the cheek muscles affect the shape of the arch of the top and bottom teeth.

Ideally, the tongue should sit on the roof of the mouth most of the time, allowing optimal breathing through the nose. As nature’s best orthodontic appliance, if the tongue is in the right position and you are breathing correctly, then the shape of your jaw will be not crowded.

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