Invisalign® is a system of transparent plastic aligners that must be worn for at least 22 hours each day. The aligners are removable, but only when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. They are changed every two weeks with a fresh pair that is somewhat tighter than the initial set. The aligners gradually shift the teeth…
Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign®?
Many of those who could benefit greatly from Invisalign® do not seek treatment because they feel that they are not an ideal candidate. By learning how Invisalign can help you improve your smile, oral health and mouth function, you can determine if visiting a dental professional for Invisalign treatment is appropriate.
Reviewing the ideal candidate for Invisalign® treatment
The ideal candidate for Invisalign treatment is someone who wants to improve their smile, fix a misalignment with their jaw or improve their oral health. The following review highlights each reason to consider Invisalign treatment and how it can help.
Patients who want to improve their smile
Although treatment can improve oral health and function, Invisalign is primarily a cosmetic treatment. Patients who are not happy with their smile due to misshapen teeth, teeth that are too spaced out or crowded teeth can benefit from Invisalign. The treatment works by pulling and pushing teeth into the proper position over time. The process is monitored by the Invisalign dental professional, who ensures that the patient can meet their goals.
Patients who find it hard to brush their teeth
Teeth that are crooked or overcrowded make it more challenging to brush all areas of teeth, resulting in an increased risk of cavities and other oral health concerns. By straightening one's smile through Invisalign, a patient can reach all areas of their teeth while brushing and improve oral health overall. Therefore, dentists and orthodontists commonly recommend Invisalign to patients who are in poor or non-ideal oral health due to misalignment concerns, in addition to the cosmetic benefits they offer.
Patients with a jaw misalignment, such as an overbite
Jaw misalignment refers to the upper jaw not matching up properly with the lower jaw. This is often referred to as a crossbite, overbite or underbite, depending on the type of misalignment. Often, this results from teeth that are overcrowded or crooked, but bite complications can sometimes occur even with relatively straight teeth. If this is the case, then patients should consider a visit to the Invisalign dentist to determine if treatment can benefit them.
Patients who want to improve their oral health
Teeth and jaw misalignment is often thought of as a cosmetic issue, but it has an impact on oral health as well. Crooked or overcrowded teeth make it more challenging to reach all areas of the teeth while brushing, and jaw misalignments may increase the risk of issues such as teeth grinding and TMJ disorder. Therefore, patients who have teeth or jaw misalignment that affects their oral health should consider Invisalign treatment, even if it does not cause a cosmetic issue.
Talk to our dental practice today to schedule a visit
We encourage you to schedule a visit with our team if you have a teeth or jaw misalignment that you would like to fix through Invisalign treatment. We offer Invisalign consultations, during which we can talk you through the process and answer your questions related to treatment.
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