Invisalign is a relatively new advancement in orthodontics that can help patients straighten their teeth without visible metal braces. While this may sound like the best thing since sliced bread, it isn’t always right for every patient.
While Invisalign is a great option for most people, there are some cases where Invisalign is not the best course of treatment. For those in need of severe orthodontic treatment, such as to fix a large overbite, more advanced orthodontic treatment may be necessary. However, if your case is relatively mild, Invisalign has been shown to help correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, gapped teeth, and crowded teeth.
Another factor to consider before choosing Invisalign, or similar treatments, is age. While Invisalign is ok to use in older teenagers and adults, it is not recommended for children and younger teenagers. This is mainly due to the fact that their teeth and mouth are still growing.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider before choosing Invisalign is how dedicated you are to following the rules. Invisalign’s main draw for most people is, that aside from being clear and relatively unnoticeable, Invisalign braces can be removed. This is great if you have a special event to attend, a company dinner or social gathering, however remembering to put them back in and to wear them for the prescribed length of time per day is vital to success. As with traditional metal braces, once your treatment plan is complete, you will need to wear a retainer regularly to prevent your teeth shifting back to their original positions.
If you are unsure if you are a candidate for Invisalign braces, a good place to start is to take Invisalign’s short online smile assessment. If the online assessment says that you may be a candidate, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay for a thorough evaluation of your case.