Is Invisalign Right for You?
by Dr. Beau Beecher, DDS on 1/27/2020
Invisalign®. You’ve heard of it, but is it right for you? That is the question a lot of people are asking as the popularity of Invisalign® continues to increase. While there are a great number of benefits to using Invisalign, the treatment is not tailored to everyone’s needs.
What is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. Invisalign® aligners are also removable. You’ll change to a different set of aligners about every two weeks, as your teeth gradually move into their final position. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled about every six weeks in order for your dentist to check that your treatment is going according to plan.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Because of their clear plastic design, Invisalign® aligners are less noticeable than braces. Whereas some may feel compelled to conceal their braces for photos, Invisalign® allows you to smile for the camera with confidence. You can remove them when needed, and you don’t have to worry about what you eat or drink affecting the integrity of the aligners.
Invisalign® users can also brush and floss normally. When you have braces, you have to navigate around brackets and wires and ensure you are cleaning more hard-to-reach areas. These aligners are also less likely to irritate cheek and gum tissue than regular braces.
Is Invisalign® right for me?
First, consider what you would like to have corrected about your smile. Invisalign® can treat gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites, but the effectiveness of the treatment ultimately depends on the severity of your case. If it is too severe for Invisalign®, we may recommend traditional metal braces as an alternative.
Age is also an important consideration. Ideal candidates for Invisalign® tend to skew older, since children and young teenagers have teeth that are still growing.
You should ask yourself how dedicated you will be to following the instructions of your dentist. Even though they are removable, it is recommended that Invisalign® aligners be in your mouth for no less than 22 hours per day. You’ll need to be able to hold yourself accountable.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign® or want to find out if you are a good candidate for the treatment, schedule an appointment with your local Kimball & Beecher office.