Are you an ideal candidate for Invisalign? That’s a question only your orthodontist can answer, but some patients are better matched to this teeth-straightening technique than others. For the most part, Invisalign works similarly to braces — although the aesthetics of each option are quite different. Both gently nudge your teeth into alignment. However, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that you swap out every two weeks. Braces, of course, can only be applied and removed by an orthodontist.
Invisalign is a great choice for many orthodontic patients. You can remove the aligners for up to four hours each day for special events, eating and to practice oral hygiene. Plus, the Invisalign program for teens offers an impressive number of free replacements, should the aligners get lost. Think Invisalign is the choice for you? Here are a few types of patients who may be able to straighten their teeth invisibly:
- Those with no extenuating circumstances: Do you just need to realign your teeth? If so, Invisalign is probably a good bet. However, additional orthodontic treatments may be required for more complicated situations. You may also need an endodontist on your team, in case tooth-replacement options need to be discussed.
- Teenagers: The teen years are tough enough without adding braces into the mix. Fortunately, today’s braces are worlds apart from the braces of your parents’ generation. They’re more comfortable than ever and come in a variety of colors. However, for the teen who wants to keep their orthodontics camouflaged, Invisalign is the way to go.
- Patients with spacing issues: In some cases, Invisalign or braces might be able to fix improper spacing between teeth, particularly crowding. However, in some cases, patients just have small teeth and big arches. Orthodontics can’t fix this, but cosmetic options like veneers may be able to help.
- Those with crowded teeth: Sometimes fixing crowded teeth is just a matter of realignment. Other times, a tooth and/or wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted may need to be extracted to avoid crowding in the future.
- Business professionals: Only you know if your career might be disrupted thanks to something as common as orthodontics. However, if you’re a regular public speaker or otherwise hold a highly visible position, you might be drawn toward Invisalign. You can remove the aligners for big events, photos and meetings, as long as it’s not more than four hours per day.
- Those who struggle with oral hygiene: At-home oral care can be a little tough with braces. With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners and brush, floss and rinse as normal. For some patients, this alone is reason enough to choose Invisalign.
Do you think you’re ready for orthodontics? Call Johnson Elite Orthodontics today for a consultation to discuss if Invisalign, braces or The Damon System is the best choice for you.