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Everything you need to know about two of world's most innovative cosmetic dental treatments

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 08:00 GMT+7

Invisalign clear aligner and Porcelain Veneer, two of the most advanced dental procedures in the world, are now available in Vietnam.

Compared to traditional orthodontic metal braces or dental crowns, these cutting-edge techniques have certain advantages in terms of esthetics, maintenance, and safety.

However, there might be questions and doubts from customers who are still unfamiliar with these recently introduced methods.

Dr. Ho Le Bao An, veneer specialist and certified Invisalign Diamond Provider

Dr. Ho Le Bao An, veneer specialist and certified Invisalign Diamond Provider

Dr. Ho Le Bao An, chief medical officer at Dr. Tony Dental Center in Ho Chi Minh City, a veneer specialist and certified Invisalign Diamond Provider, answered many frequently asked questions about these two innovative techniques.

Refer to the following information that addresses the most basic concerns about Invisalign and Veneer.

Invisalign treatment procedure

1. What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a high-tech orthodontic treatment, using clear and removable aligners to help move and straighten teeth for a beautiful smile.

Invisalign is a technology developed by Align Technology Group, the U.S., and is leading in the field of clear aligners.

Patients are required to wear the designated aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily and self-change the aligner every one to two weeks.

High-quality clear aligners provided by Dr. Tony Dental Center for Invisalign treatment

High-quality clear aligners provided by Dr. Tony Dental Center for Invisalign treatment

2. What are the advantages of Invisalign?

— Invisibility: Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, helping patients keep their beautiful smiles and confidence during the treatment process.

— Comfort: Invisalign aligners are less painful and do not irritate the gums. Patients can still eat normally and easily, clean their teeth to avoid diseases like gingivitis and tooth decay.

— Fewer check-ups: Invisalign treatment usually requires fewer doctor visits than traditional braces due to less frequent emergencies such as dislodged braces.

— Predictability: The Invisalign method allows patients to see the final outcome and how their teeth will move by each stage during the treatment course in advance.

High-tech 3D scans allow patients to see the outcome and teeth movement by each stage in advance

High-tech 3D scans allow patients to see the outcome and teeth movement by each stage in advance.

3. What can Invisalign fix?

After many innovations and technological advancements, Invisalign treatment makes it possible to fix nearly all common misaligned teeth and bite issues, from simple to complex.

Treatable cases include gap teeth, crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite/protrusion, deep bite, open bite, and underbite/crossbite.

Virtually invisible aligners help patients keep their beautiful smiles and confidence during the treatment process

Virtually invisible aligners help patients keep their beautiful smiles and confidence during the treatment process.

4. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The Invisalign treatment period is about 25-30 percent shorter than that of traditional braces.

According to Dr. An's experience, Invisalign is very effective in vertical control and crown tipping movement.

Treatment time can last from three to 24 months, depending on how complex the case is.

Porcelain Veneer procedure

1. Dental restoration with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneer is an advanced and minimally invasive method of dental prostheses, making teeth appear more brilliant and brighter for a better smile without affecting the teeth structure while minimizing enamel reduction and conserving vitality of pulp tissues.

Therefore, this procedure is becoming more and more popular compared to traditional dental full crown.

Veneers of only 0.2-0.5 millimeters in thickness preserve the original teeth structure and provide a natural look.

Veneers of only 0.2-0.5 millimeters in thickness preserve the original teeth structure and provide a natural look.

In this method, tooth preparation will be done by removing a small amount of enamel on the outer surface of teeth to accommodate the veneer.

Glass-ceramic material of about 0.2-0.5 millimeters in thickness will then be custom-made to bond effectively to the teeth surface, improving the teeth color and preserving the original structure as much as possible.

2. What are the advantages of Porcelain Veneers?

— Esthetics: Veneers will dramatically improve the teeth color and shape for a more beautiful smile. The color is bright, white, radiant and natural. The shape of the teeth can be adjusted according to the preferences of the patient. Besides, veneers can also close the tooth gap and give them a straight, aligned appearance.

— Durability: Customers can comfortably chew without pain or discomfort, frequently brush and use dental floss as normal.

— Preservation of natural teeth: Porcelain Veneer technology helps minimize invasive treatment, with no teeth damage and no root canal treatment needed.

Veneers improve teeth appearance and give customers a more radiant smile.

Veneers improve teeth appearance and give customers a more radiant smile.

3. Who is a good candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

If you have stained or discolored teeth, chipped or cracked teeth or tooth enamel erosion without exposed dentin, gaps between teeth, or slightly malaligned teeth, you might be interested in Porcelain Veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth.

They are also a popular treatment for a smile makeover.

If you have severe crooked or crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, or open bite, it’s not wise to simply cover them up with veneers. You should consider Invisalign treatment first.

4. How long do dental veneer treatment last?

The treatment time for a veneer prosthodontic case is about three to seven days.

Mandatory steps include smile design, making veneer impressions of the teeth, and finally veneer-teeth bonding.

The veneers do not require special care other than regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist. Yearly exams are also highly recommended.

These two dental procedures demand high levels of expertise in every stage, from planning to treatment, because they involve advanced technologies in the contemporary dental industry.

According to Dr. Ho Le Bao An, when choosing a dental clinic, patients need to consider whether the doctors have the required levels of training and experience in their desired type of treatment and whether the clinic equipment conforms to international standards, among other aspects.

Modern equipment in a sterile environment is essential for successful dental treatment.

Modern equipment in a sterile environment is essential for successful dental treatment.

Dr. Tony Dental — Veneer and Invisalign Dental Center

Address: No. 10, Street 8, Ha Do Centrosa, Ba Thang Hai Street, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

Hotline: 090 999 4126 — 093 888 9513

Website: https://www.drtonydental.com

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/drholebaoan/

Dr. Tony Dental Center proudly has Invisalign Diamond accredited orthodontists. We also provide intensive treatment of Emax or Lisi porcelain veneers.

Equipment at the center includes an Invisalign iTero 3D scanner, Planmeca dental chairs, a Beyond Polus teeth whitening accelerator system, a Dürr dental compressor, Bluephase curing lights, and others.

Tuan Duyen

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