Invisalign is a modern technique for aligning and correcting the misaligned teeth and thereby getting a desired smile. The idea for correction of misalignment and straightening the teeth is same as with traditional braces, but the method is new and very modern technology is used for the same. Because of its discreetness, many adults who realize the need to straighten their teeth, or to acquire a better smile opt for Invisalign.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign treatment works by using clear plastic or acrylic trays in series, which are fitted over the lower and upper set of teeth. The aligners put a mild pressure on the teeth for them to move in pre decided direction. The trays are to be kept on the teeth for two or more weeks according the dentist’s directive and are changed over many weeks till the desired result is obtained. This treatment can last for several months, and is permanent. 

Invisalign can correct mild issues of misalignment and malocclusion, and it can correct crooked teeth. More pronounced problems of overbite and crowded teeth needs advanced orthodontic procedures.

What are general problems that can be treated with Invisalign?

Invisalign can be used successfully with mild overbite, mild underbite, protruding and crowded teeth and imperfect position of teeth in closed mouth. These conditions are not only cosmetic but also dental health issues. Misaligned teeth present problems in chewing and may lead to other digestive problems as well as cause headaches, earaches and jaw pain.

Are you a good candidate for Invisalign?

There are many factors that affect the choice of Invisalign treatment.

1. Age

Age is an important factor to consider. Adults and older youngsters are good candidates for Invisalign, because they are more responsible and can follow instructions better than teenagers and children.

As we get older, our priorities change. Younger teens tend to put social life ahead of personal life, and may forget the appointment, or may remove the trays when with the gang, which will harm the treatment. Adults realize and appreciate the investment of time and money in the treatment and see that it is in their own interest if they follow the guidelines and suggestions. The Invisalign trays must be worn at least 22 hours a day. The change of tray is scheduled according to progress and that has to be followed. All these are manageable by adults more than younger people.

2. Your profession

If you are in a profession where you are required to talk a lot in public, like a teacher, or a college professor, the Invisalign tray may make you slur or mispronounce the word initially. In such a situation the tray can be removed before the speech and put on again after the speech. It is easy and convenient. Of course, you will get used to the tray and master talking with the tray on after a few days.

3. Level of physical activity

If you are in active sports, or are training for some major event, you can remove the tray while playing the sports, or while training. After the play or training it can be put back on.

4. Your social life

Busy people also are good candidates, Invisalign has fewer appointments with the dentist because the trays are already prepared and the dentist will check the progress and give you your tray as soon as the older tray is removed. It saves time from seeing your dentist for long sessions.

5. Dental problems

If you have problems of placement of teeth and position of the teeth needs to be changed, then you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If your teeth are crooked and you want to get a them straightened, then you can opt for Invisalign.

If you have protruding teeth and cannot close your mouth correctly, your smile can be corrected with Invisalign.

Crooked teeth with a slight overlap, gaps between your teeth etc. can also be corrected by Invisalign.

When your upper teeth fall outside of your lower teeth or your lower teeth falls outside your upper teeth, the bite is not correct. It will make for a less than perfect smile and also it will have dental issues of improper biting and chewing of food. Invisalign is a good option here because it will push the set of teeth in the desired direction and correct the bite.

Visit your dentist

Any of these conditions make you a good candidate for Invisalign but it is very important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss the treatment and what options are open to you before you take any decision. Your dentist will arrange for an appointment with a good orthodontist in your area and he will decide after checking with you about many factors whether you are a good candidate.

Once you decide to opt for the treatment, your orthodontist and team will arrange 3D digital images. Based on the images, the laboratory will prepare a series of Invisalign trays for you, which you will be asked to wear for a two or more weeks as specified by the dentist. Then the trays are changed regularly according to your dentist’s instructions.

Overall, Invisalign is a good orthodontic option of treatment, because it is invisible, painless, with no dietary restrictions, and highly effective as well. If you have been thinking of straightening your teeth, but do not want to opt for traditional braces, discuss Invisalign with your dentist today.