For anyone that is thinking of getting braces, Invisalign is an option that every patient deserves to learn about! Invisalign is a great option for many candidates seeking orthodontic work, but it is important to determine if it is the right fit for you. The best way to figure this out is to make an appointment at Smiles Orthodontics for a free consultation. Until then, take a look at this guide to see if Invisalign is right for you!

Currently, Invisalign is known as one of the easiest, pain-free, and discrete methods for correcting misaligned teeth. The Invisalign trays are very similar to retainers in that they are clear and are perfectly fitted to the shape of your teeth. Below are a few important categories that you should read through to determine if Invisalign is the correct method for you.

What is the issue you are trying to correct?

This question is one of the most important ones that you should ask yourself, because there are some orthodontic issues that are too severe to be corrected by Invisalign. For example, if you have an extreme overbite or underbite, you may need to go with a method that shifts the entire jaw, which Invisalign cannot do. The cases that Invisalign treatment is typically able to correct are gaps between teeth, overcrowded teeth, underbites and overbites, and crossbites. For patients that have more advanced cases, clear braces or traditional braces can sometimes be a more productive option.

Age

Invisalign is best fit for patients that are in their older teenage years and adulthood. Younger children and developing teenagers are not always the best candidate for Invisalign because their teeth are still growing and are not fully developed. The age group that Invisalign tends to fit the best with are older teenagers because they are typically the most concerned about their image at this age. The teenage years can be a difficult time for many people, image-wise, and Invisalign can help boost their confidence. The same reasoning goes for why adults often choose Invisalign. They want to fix their smiles, but in a discrete way.

Dedication

Although Invisalign is known to be one of the more low maintenance orthodontic options, they do come with a catch. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can be removed whenever the patient wants. They also must be removed when the patient is eating or drinking any beverage that is not water. Aside from those requirements, the Invisalign aligners must be worn at least 22 hours a day for them to get their full effect. If a patient takes out their aligners too frequently, their teeth will start to revert back to their original positions.

Invisalign Smile Assessment

On Invisalign’s website, they offer a free Smile Assessment to assist you in figuring out if Invisalign is right for you. The Smile Assessment will ask your age range and goal for treatment along with other basic information. Although taking this assessment does not replace a visit to the orthodontist, it can tell you information about your case and how Invisalign will help.

To figure out if Invisalign is the right fit for you, schedule your free consultation at Smiles Orthodontics today!