Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
More and more people in need of orthodontic treatment are choosing Invisalign. This highly effective, discreet, comfortable option for straightening your teeth is becoming increasingly popular. However, it is not always the best treatment option for everyone.
If you’re considering Invisalign, you may be wondering if you would be a good candidate for this type of orthodontic treatment. Here’s what you need to know about Invisalign and how to determine if it would be right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that is designed to straighten your teeth and align your bite. Optimal orthodontic health is achieved when the teeth are in the correct position and the upper teeth meet together properly with the lower teeth. Invisalign shifts the teeth into alignment using clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth called aligners. They are similar to some types of retainers and they are virtually invisible on your teeth.
Your entire treatment will include a set of aligners that are specially designed to help your teeth move into the desired position over the course of a few months to a year or so. You wear each aligner for about 2 weeks at a time, then switch the next in order until you’ve worn them all and your treatment is complete.
What Makes Someone an Ideal Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is most effective for mild to moderate orthodontic corrections. It can be used to correct crowded teeth, crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. An ideal candidate for Invisalign is someone with healthy teeth and gums, but whose teeth simply need to be straightened. Some patients seek Invisalign treatment for cosmetic reasons, to close gaps between their teeth or improve their smile in some way.
What Orthodontic Problems Can Invisalign Not Correct?
Although Invisalign is a highly effective orthodontic treatment, there are some cases that are too complex for Invisalign to work. Invisalign is not capable of:
- Shifting the teeth up or down in the socket.
- Rotating teeth more than 20 degrees.
- Closing large gaps between teeth.
- Changing the shape of the jaw.
- Assisting with the eruption of an impacted tooth.
- Correcting a severe open bite.
The situations mentioned above may be too complex for Invisalign, but most likely can be corrected by traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments, potentially including orthognathic surgery.
How Do I Find Out If I'm a Candidate for Invisalign?
A simple orthodontic evaluation can determine whether or not you are eligible for Invisalign. Your dentist can assess the position of your teeth and the shape of your jaw in a variety of ways. X-Rays are one diagnostic tool that is used to determine what type of orthodontic treatment will be needed to help you achieve optimal orthodontic health.
If your teeth need restorative procedures to repair damage due to decay or if gum disease is present, those issues will need to be addressed first before orthodontic treatment can begin. Once you are in good dental and oral health, orthodontic treatment may be an option for you.
Do I Need to See an Orthodontist for Invisalign?
One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that it does not necessarily require a special visit to an orthodontist. Dental practices, such as Chang Dental Group, provide Invisalign treatment in the same convenient location where you receive your regular dental care. Find out if you’re an ideal candidate for Invisalign today.