How to Decide if Invisalign Is the Right Orthodontic Treatment for You

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If you are considering undergoing a course of Invisalign, you have probably heard of the main benefits it can offer. Not only can you correct issues with your teeth discreetly, but you can also remove Invisalign if, and when, you need to. However, Invisalign isn't suitable for all orthodontic cases. And you are no doubt aware of this too.

But how do you decide whether Invisalign is right for you and your particular case?

Age Is Important

The first thing you should consider before you decide is age. Invisalign is better suited to older teens and adults because at these ages, the jawbones and teeth have stopped growing. Moving the teeth then is a simpler matter as only one force is present, making the results more predictable. However, when the jawbones are still growing, it can be difficult to achieve the desired results.

As such, if you are sixteen or over, Invisalign is the right treatment option for you.

The Severity of Your Case Matters

Since the Invisalign system was designed to correct mild to moderate cases of malocclusion, it isn't suitable for severe cases. For instance, if you have a mild overbite with some crowding in the front of your mouth, Invisalign can help you to straighten your smile and reduce your overbite. However, severe overbites and badly crowded teeth with severe protrusion need traditional braces.

Your Level of Commitment Is a Consideration

Are you willing to commit to wearing your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours per day? This is the standard when it comes to undergoing Invisalign treatment, though you and your dentist might come up with an alternative timeline if your work or daily life requires it. What's most important is that you are sure you can handle wearing an aligner for 22 hours per day.

Your Oral Habits Play a Role

If you smoke and are a heavy coffee drinker, you could end up staining your aligners very quickly, unless you remove your aligners for every cigarette and coffee that you partake of. Even then, you need to rinse your mouth out to remove staining molecules before putting your aligner back in. Can you commit to doing that?

Moreover, you need to keep your aligners clean. That means you need to remove them before every meal, then wash your mouth out before replacing them. If your days are hectic and you don't think you can spare the time to give your aligners such care, then Invisalign isn't right for you.

To learn more, contact a dentist who offers Invisalign braces services.

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30 January 2020

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