Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a picture-perfect straight smile as they see among celebrities. For some, that perfect smile may only come through the help of modern dentistry.
But if you are dealing with alignment issues, you may have a very convenient and discreet way to straighten your smile: Invisalign.
It’s a type of clear alignment that slowly repositions your teeth and corrects a variety of issues, such as:
- Tooth misalignment
- Gaps between teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Certain bite issues (such as overbites or underbites)
But, if you’ve been looking into Invisalign, you may already know the treatment is not right for everyone. The only way to know for sure if these aligners are the right treatment for you is to discuss your specific case with an orthodontist.
If you want to learn more about who Invisalign is for, check out this short blog post:
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is usually recommended when people:
- Have Generally Healthy Teeth
If you are dealing with additional oral health problems such as tooth infections, cracked teeth, and gum diseases, your orthodontist will recommend getting these issues addressed before you start your orthodontic treatment.
- Don’t Have Very Complicated Alignment or Bite Issues Which May Require More Advanced Treatments
Invisalign is great for treating mild to moderate alignment or bite issues. The clear aligners have perfected over time and now include certain add-ons such as buttons which open the doors to Invisalign for even more patients.
However, it cannot effectively treat everything. Some alignment issues may require traditional metal braces, which can apply a lot more pressure on the teeth to reposition them. As for bite issues, while Invisalign may be able to correct some cases, it generally depends on whether the issue itself is skeletal or dental.
If it’s skeletal (caused by the jawbone), then surgery may be required.
- Is Willing to Follow Instructions and Wear the Aligners Properly
Invisalign needs to make almost constant contact with your teeth to get you the results you want. You will need to wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours every single day, and only remove them when eating, drinking, or for oral hygiene.
If you don’t follow these recommendations, you can needlessly delay your treatment, and even undo your progress if you stop wearing your aligners for a long time.
Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You at Lifetime Smile
The first step towards potentially getting your Invisalign tray is seeing Dr. Ranju Bhasin for a consultation. During it, he will closely inspect your tooth alignment and jaw position in order to determine the best way to correct it, and get you the healthy and happy smile you want.
To get started, you can easily book a consultation at Lifetime Smile online.
For more information, call us at (301) 869-1170 today!