Are you thinking of straightening your teeth using Invisalign®, but don’t know whether it’ll work for you? Here, we’ll explain what Invisalign is, how it works, and how to decide if it’s the right orthodontic treatment option for you.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign is a convenient way to straighten your teeth without the appearance of conspicuous metal braces. Instead of the traditional method, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. The aligners are removable so you take them out while you’re eating, drinking anything other than water, and when you brush and floss your teeth. Many patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces because they can straighten their teeth with minimal disruption to their diet and oral hygiene routine.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Invisalign aligners are custom-made for each patient's specific needs. They fit snugly over your teeth so that they can gently apply pressure to the areas that need straightening. Each treatment plan varies depending on your straightening needs, but typically you’ll change out your aligners every one to two weeks until your teeth have moved into their new positions. You’ll need to wear them for 20 and 22 hours every day for maximum effectiveness. Invisalign is not painful, but you may feel some pressure as the aligners move your teeth, especially if you’ve just changed out for a new pair.
WILL INVISALIGN WORK FOR ME?
Invisalign is a great solution for people with mild to moderate straightening needs. With some exceptions, Invisalign can fix varying degrees of gaps, crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and teeth that overlap onto each other. Invisalign can fix issues like overbites (the upper teeth close over the bottom teeth), some underbites (the bottom teeth stick out past the top front teeth), some crossbites (certain upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth), small gaps, open bites (when the top and bottom teeth don't touch when closed), and crowded teeth.
However, while there are a lot of alignment issues that Invisalign can fix, there are also some that are better suited for the versatility of traditional braces. For example, Invisalign may not be able to work for you if you need to fix large gaps between your teeth, if your upper and lower laws are severely misaligned, or if a crooked tooth needs to be dramatically rotated.
SCHEDULE AN ORTHONDONTIC CONSULTATION!
Here at Meridian Campus Family Dental, Dr. Carpenter can determine whether you would be a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligner treatment. At your consultation, we'll discuss your smile goals, budget, and dental needs, and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation at our office.