Definition of Clear Aligner Terminology
ATHLETIC MOUTH GUARD (SPORT GUARDS)
Athletic mouth guard is a device designed to prevent damage and injury to your mouth during high intensity exercise. There are two basic types of athletic mouth guards: Over-the-counter athletic mouth guards which can be purchased from the local drug stores or online; Custom athletic mouth guards made by your dentist to fit precisely to your teeth. Custom athletic mouth guards provide a better fit, more comfort and better protection of your teeth and gums against injury. Additionally, custom athletic mouth guards help reduce chances of sustaining a concussion during serious injuries.
Attachments, or buttons, are tiny white fillings which are placed on your teeth to tip and rotate teeth. Attachments are used exclusively for Even28 at-dentist aligner therapy to assist in tooth movement. Your dentist will place attachments to apply additional torque onto your teeth. This allows for better tooth movement which helps straighten more stubborn teeth. Once your aligner therapy is complete, your dentist will simply remove these attachments from your teeth.
BITE ADJUSTMENT (OCCLUSAL ADJUSTMENT)
Bite adjustment, or as your dentist likes to call it occlusal adjustments, is a procedure to correct your bite by removing minor interferences in the way your teeth come together. Bite adjustment is typically performed upon the completion of orthodontic treatment, or other extensive dental procedures, to correct issues with your bite. The goal of bite adjustment is to ensure there is even pressure on your teeth to distribute your bite forces evenly. Otherwise, you run the risk or fracturing your teeth and developing headaches and bite problems.
Braces are placed by dentists and orthodontists to straighten your teeth. Braces treatment relies on metal brackets which attach to your teeth and wires and rubber bands to move your teeth into their desired position. You can fix all types of orthodontic misalignments with braces. The alternative to braces is known as clear aligners. Clear aligners are used to fix mild-to-moderate orthodontic misalignments.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are made from teeth impressions or scans. They consist of a series of 3D-printed plastic trays that gradually straighten your teeth. Each clear aligner moves your teeth just a fraction of millimeter. As you continue wearing each aligner, your teeth gradually move into their final desired position. Wearing clear aligners is more comfortable and less visible than braces. Plus, you can remove your aligners by yourself. Clear aligners are used to fix mild-to-moderate orthodontic misalignments.
Crossbite is where your upper teeth sit on the inside, instead of the outside, of your lower teeth in the horizontal plane. reverse of an overbite where your lower front teeth stick out in front of your upper teeth. Crossbite is typically the result of having too large of a lower jaw or where your lower jaw is positioned too far out as compared to your upper jaw. Having a crossbite affects your appearance as well as your dental and gum health. It also severely increases the likelihood of fracturing your posterior teeth, affects your bite and leads to headaches. Unfortunately, very few crossbite misalignments can be fixed with clear aligner therapy. Most crossbite conditions require wearing braces, possibly in addition to tooth extraction, additional orthodontic appliances and sometimes surgery.
Deepbite is an extreme case of overbite. A deep bite is an overbite condition where your upper front teeth almost completely cover your lower front teeth in a closed biting position. Having a deep bite affects your appearance as well as your gum health. It also increases the likelihood of fracturing your anterior teeth, affects your bite and leads to headaches. Some cases of deep bite misalignments can be fixed with Even28 at-dentist clear aligner therapy. However, most deep bite conditions require wearing braces.
Digital scans capture copies of your teeth to communicate the shape, size and position of your teeth. Dentists and orthodontists take digital scans of your teeth using a special computerized scanner. Digital scans are a substitute for dental impressions which are used to communicate teeth shape, size and position with the dental laboratory. Taking digital scans is more comfortable and quicker than taking traditional impressions. Plus, digital scans can be submitted immediately to the laboratory to yield faster results.
EVEN28 (EVEN28 CLEAR ALIGNERS)
Even28 clear aligners are custom-made clear aligners used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Even28 clear aligners are an alternative to Invisalign, ClearCorrect, SmileDirectClub and other clear aligner programs. Even28 offers two different programs: Even28 at-home and Even28 at-dentist. Even28 at-home is a more affordable clear aligner program offered through dentists which is similar to SmileDirectClub and Candid Co. Even28 at-dentist is a clear aligner program similar to Invisalign where your dentist places attachments, performs tooth contouring and bite adjustment. If you are interested in Even28 clear aligner treatment, you must visit a participating Even28 dentist near you. Your Even28 dentist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy as well as which program you qualify for.
Even28 at-home is an alternative clear aligner treatment to SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Byte and other DIY clear aligner programs. The biggest difference between Even28 at-home and other DIY clear aligner programs is that Even28 at-home requires an initial visit to a participating Even28 dentist. Your Even28 dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for at-home clear aligner therapy. If so, they will take impressions/scans of your teeth and get you started on your clear aligner program. Even28 at-home is priced similarly to DIY clear aligner programs with the benefit of having a local, experienced dentist supervising your treatment. Even28 at-home is ideal for treating teeth crowding, teeth spacing, mild overbites, orthodontic relapse and other mild orthodontic conditions. To learn more about Even28 at-home clear aligner treatment, visit a participating Even28 dentist near you.
Even28 at-dentist is an alternative clear aligner treatment to Invisalign, ClearCorrect and other dentist supervised clear aligner programs. The biggest difference between Even28 at-dentist and other dentist supervised clear aligner programs is that Even28 at-dentist comes with unlimited clear aligners. Other clear aligner programs, such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect, charge dentists based on the number of clear aligners they use. This can compromise or prolong your treatment. On the other hand, Even28 at-dentist only offers a single unlimited clear aligner program. This allows Even28 dentist to offer ideal treatment without concerns about how many aligners are required to complete treatment. All Even28 at-dentist programs require a combination or tooth contouring, attachment placement and bite adjustment. Even28 at-dentist is ideal for treating severe teeth crowding, moderate overbites and other moderate orthodontic conditions. To learn more about Even28 at-dentist clear aligner treatment, visit a participating Even28 dentist near you.
FIXED RETAINERS (WIRE RETAINER)
Fixed retainer is a type of retainer that is permanently glued onto your front teeth. They are an alternative option to wearing removable retainers. Fixed retainers are recommended for patients who are worried about forgetting to wear their removable retainers. They are also a good option if you have undergone extensive tooth movement and there is concern of orthodontic relapse. The biggest advantage of fixed retainers is that they always stay on your teeth. This means you never have to worry about forgetting to wear your retainers or losing them. The disadvantage is that fixed retainers make it difficult to clean your front teeth which they connect to. It is recommended that you maintain excellent oral hygiene and periodic dental cleanings if you opt to wear fixed retainers.
Impressions are moldings of your teeth which help your dentist communicate the shape, size and position of your teeth to the laboratory. Dental impressions are typically taken using putty or Vinyl Polysiloxane (VPS) impression material. Dental impressions have plenty of uses in dentistry. For instance, dental impressions are used to communicate your teeth shape, size and position during clear aligner therapy.They are also used to make custom night guards, custom athletic mouth guards, retainers, crowns, bridges, dentures and many other dental prosthesis.
Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made clear aligners used to move teeth for orthodontic treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to ClearCorrect, Even28 at-dentist and other clear aligner programs. Invisalign was established in 1997 by Align Technology. Invisalign’s clear aligners are unique in that they are scalloped around your teeth as opposed to extended beyond the teeth margins. Invisalign clear aligners can be used to fix teeth crowding, teeth spacing, overbites, orthodontic relapse and a few other orthodontic conditions. For more advanced Invisalign treatments, your dentist may place attachments, perform tooth contouring and bite adjustment. If you’re interested in Invisalign clear aligner therapy, you must visit a participating Invisalign provider dentist near you. Your Invisalign dentist will help you decide if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy and help you get started.
Night guard is a device worn overnight to protect your teeth against the harmful effects of teeth grinding. There are two basic types of night guards: Over-the-counter night guards which can be purchased from stores or online; Custom night guards which are made by your dentist to fit precisely to your teeth. Custom night guards are recommended for patients with more advanced teeth grinding habits, history of broken teeth and those suffering from frequent headaches or other TMJ problems. Custom night guards are either worn on the top or lower arch. They can be hard, soft or a combination of two.
Open bite occurs whenever you have a gap between your upper and lower teeth in the vertical plane when in closed biting position. Open bite is typically the result of childhood thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Having an open bite affects your appearance as well as your chewing efficiency. It also causes more fracture and gum disease affecting your anterior teeth. Luckily, most cases of open bite misalignments can be fixed with Even28 at-home clear aligner therapy. The worse cases of open bite misalignments require braces.
Orthodontic relapse occurs once you’ve completed braces or clear aligner treatment but fail to wear your retainers afterwards.. Failing to wear your retainers causes your teeth to gradually shift back to their pre-treatment position and become crooked again. Orthodontic relapse occurs as a result of not wearing your retainers. It is also exacerbated by your wisdom teeth pressing against your remaining teeth or when you lose a tooth and your remaining teeth start shifting into this newly created gap. Luckily, orthodontic relapse is easier to treat as compared to initial orthodontic therapy. Most orthodontic relapse cases can be fixed within a couple of months using Even28 at-home clear aligner program.
Overbite is the distance between your upper and lower front teeth in the horizontal plane. Having an overbite is a terms that refers to having an excess distance between your front teeth. A normal overbite is 2 to 3 millimeters. Anything greater than that is known as an overbite condition. Having an overbite affects your appearance as well as your gum health. It also causes your anterior teeth to become much more likely to fracture. Luckily, most cases of overbite misalignments can be fixed with Even28 at-home or Even28 at-dentist clear aligner therapy. The worse cases of overbite misalignments require braces.
Removable retainers are retainers which can be inserted and removed from your mouth by yourself. There are two common types of removable retainers: Essix retainers and Hawley retainers. Essix retainers, also known as clear retainers, are similar to clear aligners except that they are made from firmer plastic. Clear aligner therapy typically uses Essix clear retainers to prevent orthodontic relapse. Removable retainers are easier to wear as compared to fixed retainers. However, removable retainers tend to lose their effectiveness over time. Plus, there’s a chance that you could lose your removable retainers over time. It is recommended to purchase more than one removable retainer so that you have at least one backup retainer.
RETAINERS (ORTHODONTIC RETAINERS)
Retainer is a dental prosthesis designed to help maintain your teeth position upon completion of orthodontic treatment. Without wearing your retainers, your teeth will gradually move back to their pre-treatment position. There are two basic types of retainers: removable retainers which come in and out of your mouth; fixed retainers which are permanently glued onto your teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist will help you determine which type of retainer best suits your needs.
SmileDirectClub offers custom-made clear aligners used to move teeth for very minor orthodontic treatment. SmileDirectClub clear aligners are an alternative to Candid Co., Even28 at-home and other at-home clear aligner programs. SmileDirectClub was established in 2013 by a pair of web developer entrepreneurs. SmileDirectClub uses Invisalign made clear aligners and offers up to 20 clear aligners to straighten your teeth. SmileDirectClub relies on remotely sending scans of your teeth to a dentist to approve your clear aligner therapy. The biggest criticism of SmileDirectClub is that you never actually meet a dentist. This could risk your oral health and cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. SmileDirectClub clear aligners can be used to fix mild teeth crowding, teeth spacing and a few other minor orthodontic conditions. For more advanced orthodontic treatments, you require at-dentist clear aligner treatment or braces. If you’re interested in SmileDirectClub clear aligner therapy, you must visit a participating Smile Shop or buy their impression kit online.
Teeth crowding occurs whenever you have more teeth in your mouth than there is space to accommodate them. Typically, teeth crowding results from having too many teeth in your mouth or because your teeth are too large for their respective jaw. Teeth crowding causes your teeth to fight over space with one another which leads to crooked teeth. Having crowded teeth affects your appearance and causes cosmetic concerns. Additionally, teeth crowding is a trigger for gum disease and dental cavities. It can also negatively impact your bite and overall oral health. Teeth crowding can be fixed with braces or clear aligner therapy.
TEETH SPACING (GAP TEETH)
Teeth spacing occurs whenever you have natural gaps between your teeth. Typically, teeth spacing occurs because your jaw is too large for your teeth. This causes your teeth to drifting apart and creates gaps in between them. Teeth spacing can also happen when you lose a tooth which causes your remaining teeth to drift resulting in gaps in your mouth. Teeth spacing can affect your smile and cause aesthetic concerns. Additionally, teeth spacing increases your likelihood of developing dental cavities and gum disease. It can also negatively impact your bite and oral health. Teeth spacing can be fixed with braces or clear aligner therapy.
Tooth contouring is a technique used by dentists and orthodontist to assist in orthodontic treatment. Tooth contouring is an alternative to extracting your teeth. Your dentist will shave away a tiny bit from one or more teeth to create additional space for your remaining teeth. Clear aligner therapy uses tooth contouring techniques to create additional space required for tooth movement. Tooth contouring is used in Even28 at-dentist programs to treat teeth crowding, overbites and certain other orthodontic conditions. Spacing and openbite cases do not require teeth contouring in most instances.
Underbite is the reverse of an overbite where your lower front teeth stick out in front of your upper teeth. Underbite is typically the the result of having too large of a lower jaw or where your lower jaw is positioned too far out as compared to your upper jaw. Having an underbite affects your appearance as well as your dental and gum health. It also severely increases the likelihood of fracturing your anterior teeth, affects your bite and leads to headaches. Unfortunately, very few underbite misalignments can be fixed with clear aligner therapy. Most underbite conditions require wearing braces, possibly in addition to tooth extraction, additional orthodontic appliances and sometimes surgery.
WHITENING CUSTOM TRAYS (WHITENING TRAYS)
Whitening custom trays are custom-designed plastic trays which are used to bleach your teeth. Whitening trays are made by your dentist using impressions or scans of your teeth. They are designed to precisely fit onto you teeth to efficiently deliver bleaching gel to your teeth surfaces. Custom whitening trays yield better whitening results than most other at-home bleaching options. Plus, you can use your custom whitening trays over and over to maintain a whiter smile over time.