If you’ve heard about the benefits and advantages of Invisalign’s clear aligners, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for this popular orthodontic treatment.
Until we have an opportunity to personally evaluate your smile possibilities, we cannot say for sure whether Invisalign® will work for you. However, here are a few general guidelines to consider before you call to set up your complimentary Invisalign® consultation.
Age Is A Factor
Invisalign® is designed for later teens and adults. Because children’s teeth are still growing, Invisalign® is not a suitable treatment until the middle to late teen years. With adults, there is no age limit. Today more than two out of ten adults undergo orthodontic treatment and Invisalign® has quickly become a popular option for adults seeking to improve their smile.
Extent of Treatment Needed
Invisalign® is designed to solve basic orthodontic issues. If you have crooked teeth, gaps in your teeth, or simple alignment issues, Invisalign® is typically an effective solution for a beautifully straight smile. However, if you require extensive orthodontic treatment that includes major tooth movements, bridge and crown work or major jaw issues, traditional braces may be the proper treatment.
Willingness to Follow Directions
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® clear aligners can be removed. While that offers significant advantages for patients, it also presents a potential problem. For Invisalign® clear aligners to work efficiently, they must be worn about 20 to 22 hours a day. Patients must be willing to consistently follow the directions to care for and wear them regularly.
Healthy Teeth and Gums
Your teeth need healthy gums to shift into proper alignment. If you struggle with gum issues or tooth decay, those oral health situations will need to be resolved prior to Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign® offers a remarkably discreet and effective treatment option for many patients who desire a beautifully straight smile without the challenges of traditional braces. Although the guidelines above are helpful, the only way to be sure if Invisalign® will work for you is to stop in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Whitlock.
Please contact us today about your complimentary Invisalign® consultation.