Are You a Candidate for Invisalign®?
Perfectly straight teeth are a highly desirable trait, but unfortunately, one that very few people are naturally blessed with. Instead, most of us have to contend with teeth that have gaps between them, are overlapping or crooked. Overbites and underbites are also common. The trouble is that some of these problems can cause further difficulties with our oral health. This is because food debris and bacteria can become trapped in the smallest of space, which are very hard to clean. Decay and other damage can then ensue.
Many people also dislike the appearance of their crooked or otherwise misaligned smile. This can cause them to feel self-conscious about their teeth and they may do everything they can to avoid having to show them in public.
In the past, orthodontic braces were the only way to successfully correct alignment problems. Today, many patients are turning to the innovative Invisalign® program to give them straighter, healthier and more attractive teeth.
How does Invisalign® work?
Many people do not realize that teeth can actually move slightly, particularly if there are gaps that they can take advantage of. Much like conventional braces, the Invisalign® program works by gradually driving the teeth into a new and improved position that corrects the problems originally identified. This may mean pushing an overbite back or closing gaps between teeth. Often there are multiple features that can be improved at the same time.
The treatment program itself is designed by state of the art mapping technology that uses impressions of your natural teeth and compares them to an image of how you would like them to be positioned. Technology then maps the path that your teeth would need to achieve this and turns this into a series of custom-designed aligners that are worn over the top of your teeth.
Each aligner is transparent, making the entire treatment program incredibly discreet. They must be worn in the sequence provided as each one propels the teeth a little more in the desired direction. On average an aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks before moving on to the next in the series, but this depends on your personal plan. At the end of the program, your teeth will be in their new position and your smile will be transformed.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign®?
Before you can be approved for an Invisalign® treatment program, you will need to attend a comprehensive consultation during which your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and gums. These must be free of disease and decay for you to be considered a good candidate for the procedure. Gum health is particularly important since it is this soft tissue that supports your teeth and helps hold them in place.
Teeth should be in great condition, with no cavities or exposed roots. Any dental work that may need to be completed should be done before you begin the Invisalign® program.
Candidates who are approved for Invisalign® must be prepared to commit to wearing each liner in sequence and for a minimum of 22 hours per day. Failure to be disciplined enough to do this could result in extended time until program completion or even program failure.
If your orthodontic problems are severe, Invisalign® may not be the best treatment option for you. Your dentist will be able to discuss this with you and make an alternative recommendation.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® or if you would like to book an appointment to discuss your candidacy, please do not hesitate to contact our offices.