Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
The popularity of Invisalign is continuing to rise, and it is easy to tell why. If you want to fix your smile without having traditional metal braces with wires and brackets, then Invisalign offers a good alternative. Although it looks so different, it has the same results as braces.
When you get Invisalign, you will receive sets of clear plastic trays to wear on your upper and lower teeth. These aligners will reposition your teeth until they are completely straight. But you might be wondering if Invisalign is a good option for you. Consulting with a cosmetic dentist is the best way to tell if Invisalign is a good option for you. There are a few other signs that may show that Invisalign is right for you.
What Can Invisalign Help With?
Most dental issues can be corrected with Invisalign. However, it cannot correct extremely severe cases. For example, if you have an overbite, you may need to have more advanced orthodontics as well as Invisalign. There are several issues that Invisalign can easily correct, including:
· Mild overbite
· Tooth overlapping
· Mild underbites
· Protruding teeth
· Gaps in teeth
· Slightly crooked teeth
· Imperfect tooth position
These mild dental issues can be caused by disease, genetics, thumb-sucking, and injuries. Misplaced and crooked teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. They can also cause serious dental issues. For example, it is much harder to take care of your teeth properly when they are crooked. This can cause periodontal issues or gingivitis, as well as decay. When your bite is misaligned, you may also suffer from headaches, earaches, or jaw pain.
Who Is Not a Candidate for Invisalign?
In rare cases, oral issues may be so severe that Invisalign will not work well. For example, if you have a severe underbite or an overbite, then crooked teeth are not the only issue at work. Your jawbone may need to be shifted physically.
By themselves, aligners may not be able to shift the bone. The good news is that Invisalign has come a long way since it was first used, and more issues than ever can be corrected with it. For example, patients can get attachments that work with the aligners.
Adults and older teens are the best people to get Invisalign. This is because their jaws are not growing anymore. The aligners may stop fitting correctly if the jaw is still growing.
Older teens and adults are also more likely to wear the aligners for the right amount of time each day. This is vital for the aligners to be successful for the wearer. Each set of aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day. The remaining two hours are for eating and brushing the teeth. If you feel that you must snack throughout the day, you may find Invisalign treatment more difficult.
For more information about these and other treatments, please call our Cadle Cosmetic Dentistry in New Port Richey, Florida, today to schedule your consultation.