Clear aligners, also known as clear-aligner treatment, are orthodontic devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. As of 2017, there are more than 27 products available including Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
Aligners are one of many technological advancements that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous, and one of many “appliances” orthodontists use to move teeth and align jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile.
Tooth wear occurs when the outer tooth surface is lost as a result of chemical or mechanical activity in the mouth. An increasingly common problem, teeth can simply wear down or dissolve away to varying extents as time passes. This is in contrast to tooth decay and gum disease which are caused by the action of bacteria in the mouth.
Everyone experiences some tooth wear simply due to normal use of their teeth. It only becomes a real problem if the level of wear becomes rather more significant. As a result of one or more of the following causes, teeth can become short and unattractive as well as rough or sensitive. Even speaking or chewing can become a problem and some people also experience jaw and muscle ache.
Dental inlays,overlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.
Inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even from gold. Because they can be created from tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are often used to replace metal dental fillings for patients who desire a more natural looking smile. Read on to find out about how inlays and onlays may be able to enhance your smile’s health and appearance.