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Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Posted on December 31, 2021

According to The Atlantic, approximately 4 million Americans wear braces. Invisalign eliminates the need for metal braces to achieve a straighter smile. This innovative technique uses clear aligner trays to ease your teeth into position. Another benefit is that most people won’t notice you have them on. They’re practically invisible.

What Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Do?

Invisalign uses comfort fit aligners to straighten your teeth. There are several and a series. Each set moves your teeth a bit to address your alignment issues gradually. You are eligible for these braces if you have mild cases of
• Crowded teeth
• Crooked teeth
• Gaps
• Overbite
• Crossbite
• Open bite
• Underbites

Who Are Good Candidates for Invisalign Aligners?

Teenagers and adults with common alignment issues are outstanding candidates for Invisalign. For older adults, there’s no age limit. Its use minimizes the amount of restorative work they need. A consultation with a reputable orthodontist will provide good advice.

There’s no set age when a child or young teen needs orthodontic treatment. Children lose their teeth at different ages. It depends on his or her individual needs. For those whose teeth fit the criteria, Invisalign First is a good option. It helps guide impressionable teeth into the optimal position as they grow.

Alternatively, Invisalign is not for complex alignment issues like severe over-or under-bites. Invisalign works on the position and placement of your teeth. Major orthodontic problems require extensive work on the jaw.

How To Optimize Your Invisalign Aligners

For optimal results, you must take care of your Invisalign trays. This means you have to clean them and wear them as directed. In most cases, it’s recommended you wear them for 22 hours a day. You also must remember to take them out when you’re eating. Switch to the next in the series on designated dates. After treatment, you must wear a retainer for 22 hours a day for about 6 months. It doesn’t stop after that but, the frequency decreases.

Invisalign aligners are a great option for older teens and adults with crooked teeth. In no time at all, these innovative teeth guides will give you the smile of your dreams. Is Invisalign an option for you or your loved one? Contact Dr. Bret Ortho today to discuss your options.

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