Crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth can cause functional and cosmetic concerns, negatively affecting your oral health and confidence. When considering orthodontic treatment, you may ask yourself: “Is Invisalign® right for me?” Although traditional braces have been a trusted orthodontic method for decades, Invisalign is a popular alternative because it is effective, discreet, and comfortable. When weighing which orthodontic treatments suit your needs and lifestyle, answering four questions can help determine whether Invisalign is the best option for you.
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#1. What Is the Condition of Your Smile?
Although Invisalign is appropriate for mild to complex cases of misalignment, gaps, or overcrowding, it may not be an appropriate solution for treating severe orthodontic issues. In general, Invisalign can effectively correct:
- Gapped teeth
- Overly crowded teeth
- Open bite
If you have a dramatic overbite, large underbite, or crossbite, traditional orthodontic treatment may be necessary. To evaluate whether your condition can be effectively corrected with Invisalign, the company offers a complimentary smile assessment. Although this tool can help you begin developing realistic expectations, only a dentist can decide whether you are a good candidate for treatment during an Invisalign consultation.
#3. Are You Fully Committed?
Invisalign aligners must be worn at least 22 hours per day in order to effectively achieve your desired results within the proposed treatment timeline. The aligners should only be removed when brushing, flossing, or eating. As the aligners can be easily removed, many patients forego consistently wearing their aligners or lose their trays, which can lengthen your treatment timeline or completely alter the course of your treatment. In some cases, your dentist may have to take a new set of impressions and create a new treatment plan if your teeth have shifted significantly.
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will likely be required to wear a retainer. Often these devices are only worn while you sleep. If your doctor recommends wearing a retainer, neglecting to do so may reverse the effects of your treatment. Therefore, even patients who have completed Invisalign treatment should be committed to follow-up care.