If you want straighter teeth but are not interested in traditional braces, Invisalign is the perfect solution and will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign is very different from braces but offers the same results through the use of clear plastic trays that fit right over your teeth. There are no wires and it is a modern solution in which the aligners will gently reposition the patient’s teeth to the desired location. One of the main reasons why this treatment is so popular is because the aligners are invisible, making it far less overwhelming to deal with when compared to heavy metal braces.
While this sounds amazing, the reality is that Invisalign is not a suitable option for everyone, so before you get too excited, you need to first determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment. It’s important to understand the issues that Invisalign corrects and while it does help with a number of dental issues, it is not designed to fix severe problems like an extreme overbite, which would require a different solution that would be able to shift the patient’s jaw bone.
If you have gaps in your teeth, overcrowded or protruding teeth, a mild overbite, underbite or crooked teeth, Invisalign is right for you. It is a great orthodontic solution for any of these issues and patients will see results if Invisalign is used as a treatment for mild dental issues. If, however, your oral issues are severe, you are not an ideal candidate for Invisalign because it will not be effective. If the jaw bone needs to be physically shifted, you need another orthodontic solution because the aligners are incapable of correcting bone issues.
Older teens and adults are normally the best candidates for Invisalign because their jaws have stopped growing and they can follow the requirements of the program that are necessary for it to be successful. Unless you are dedicated and wear your aligners for 22 hours each day, the results will be ineffective and the treatment will be a waste, so you need to commit to the program and do as you are asked by your dentist. Younger patients may not take the treatment seriously and if they lack self-discipline, this treatment is definitely not suitable. Unlike traditional braces, aligners are easily removable so younger patients may take them out of their mouths whenever they experience temporary discomfort and this will affect the treatment negatively, which is why they are not considered suitable candidates.
Ultimately, the decision will be based on your dentist’s assessment and your needs. Together you can determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this treatment and the dentists at South Georgetown Dental can help. If you want straighter teeth and are interested in Invisalign braces visit South Georgetown Dental, contact us to book a consultation today!