Dental aligners for straight teeth and healthy temporomandibular joints
Most people want beautiful, healthy, straight teeth. With an ‘invisible’ dental aligner this wish can more often than not be fulfilled relatively easily, with special attention being paid to the temporomandibular joints.
When correcting the tooth position with an aligner, the patient wears a transparent dental splint on the row of teeth. This splint is used to apply light pressure on the teeth so that the teeth are gradually pushed into the required position. Since the natural teeth are movably anchored in the jaw with connective tissue, this is a completely painless process.
Why tooth correction with a dental aligner?
One patient may be unhappy with their slightly twisted front teeth, while another might be bothered by their nested lateral incisors. Another patient might complain of temporomandibular joint problems, which the dentist attributes to misaligned teeth. The reasons patients want the alignment of their teeth corrected are as diverse as the patients themselves.
The technical term for the correction is called orthodontic treatment. Most people are familiar with the classic braces or brackets that are often used in the treatment of children’s teeth. In adult orthodontics, so-called aligners are a popular and proven method.
First, the dentist establishes the ideal tooth position using special computer software. Based on this, various splints are then made from a transparent material. The patient has to wear these splints in a given order over the following months. The rails are thin and hardly interfere with speaking. As a result, this aligner treatment is described as comfortable by most patients.
Establishing the correct bite
However, before the desired tooth position can be established, the dentist has to determine the bite position, i. e. the position of the upper jaw in relation to the lower jaw. In every orthodontic treatment, the focus is on a healthy bite that will ensure the smooth functioning of the temporomandibular joints.
Though this sounds straightforward, it is, in fact, rather complicated and requires sound dental skills and appropriate methods. This is made easier by a new technology which utilises three-dimensional detection of the temporomandibular joint movement. The exact movements of the temporomandibular joints are transmitted via a motion simulator. Once the dentist has determined the optimum tooth position for the temporomandibular joints, the aligner splints are produced accordingly.
Many patients have been delighted with this comfortable orthodontic treatment, as it is comfortable, quick and target specific. With aligner therapy, your dazzling new smile is achieved both safely and in comfort.