Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Crooked teeth can significantly impact the quality of your smile. They can also impact your oral health. When you have crooked teeth, you may find that you work hard to hide your mouth from those around you. While hiding your smile might not seem like such a big deal, others do take notice. Traditionally, crooked teeth have been corrected using metal braces. This treatment is incredibly effective, and very popular. However, not everyone is willing to wear a shiny metal smile for a few years to improve their smile. Invisalign clear aligners provide a more discreet method to straighten your teeth. While effective for many, it is not for everyone. Shenandoah Family Dentistry can help to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
How Crooked are Your Teeth?
One of the biggest factors determining your candidacy for Invisalign is how crooked your teeth are. It is great for many common issues. So long as they are not severe, Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces for treating:
If these issues are severe, or your jaw needs shifting, Invisalign may not be a good choice. In situations such as these, more traditional orthodontic treatments will provide you with better results. It is also possible to shorten your time in traditional braces by starting with metal braces, but finishing your treatment with Invisalign after the significant issues have been resolved.
How Old are You?
Your age is an important factor in your candidacy for Invisalign. It is perfect for older teens and adults. Children and younger teens are not good candidates because their teeth are still growing. The teeth are constantly changing, making it difficult to create accurate alignments. Even minor changes in growth can affect treatment. Typically, Invisalign can work for teens as young as 13, but the teeth can continue to grow for a few years after this age. With a thorough consultation, we can make sure the teeth are done growing before recommending Invisalign.
Are You Dedicated to Getting Straight Teeth?
Invisalign aligners require commitment on your part. With traditional braces, your brackets and wires are secured into place on your teeth, and they do not come off until your treatment is over. They are on 24 hours a day until the day they are removed. Invisalign aligners, however, are removable. However, they should only come out when you eat and when you brush your teeth. They should be left in at all other times. It is recommended that they remain in your mouth 20 to 22 hours every day for the best results. You also need to change your aligners every two weeks. If you cannot commit to these requirements, you may need to consider other treatments. Examine your lifestyle and make sure that Invisalign is something that you can commit to.
Have You Taken the Online Smile Assessment?
Invisalign offers a free Smile Assessment Test on its website. All you need to do is provide a bit of personal information and what you are looking to correct in your teeth. By providing just a bit of information, the quiz can help to determine if Invisalign is a good fit for you.
Invisalign provides a great alternative to traditional braces, giving you a more discreet method to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. For more information, and to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact Shenandoah Family Dentistry at (540) 667-8731 to schedule your consultation today.