Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Painful, metal braces used to be the only way to get a straight smile. Thankfully, innovations in dentistry mean there are more options than ever before for achieving a straight new smile. Invisalign is one of those options, and it lives up to its name. It is a nearly invisible way to improve a person’s smile and realign teeth. Invisalign can help an individual achieve their aesthetic and oral health care goals. Yet, how do you know if this teeth-straightening solution is right for you?
At Passes Dental Care, we have compiled some of the top signs that you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
You Have Mild to Moderately Crooked Teeth
Invisalign is a good option for people with mild to moderate tooth alignment issues. Individuals with overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, or crowded teeth may benefit from these clear alignment trays. However, Invisalign is not right for everyone. Your dentist or orthodontist should be able to assess your bite, the appearance of your teeth, and their alignment to determine whether Invisalign is a viable option for you.
You Have All of Your Adult Teeth
Most orthodontists will not begin to cosmetically alter the appearance of someone’s smile until they have all their adult teeth. It can be incredibly difficult to predict how an adult tooth will grow into place. Straightening a smile while “baby” teeth are still in place may have a very limited impact on a person’s bite and tooth alignment because that alignment will change again when adult teeth begin to emerge. It is best to wait for a person’s entire set of adult teeth to come in before starting orthodontic treatment like teeth straightening and Invisalign.
You Are Responsible and Dedicated
The best way to get a straight smile? Put in the work. You can’t adjust the alignment of your teeth without putting in the effort. That means being responsible and disciplined about wearing your device. The Invisalign system works because the trays are specifically designed to be worn a certain number of hours per day, every day. Not wearing the trays as prescribed, breaking or losing the trays, can impact a person’s results. If you are ready to make a change, be sure that you are committed to following the process and taking care of your devices.
You Pride Yourself on Good Oral Hygiene
Most people think that you must be dedicated to good oral hygiene only if you have traditional braces. There are always those embarrassing stories about food being caught in metal braces, or traditional braces discoloring teeth. Brushing and flossing are supremely important when you have metal braces. However, the same is true for those who choose Invisalign as well. Good oral hygiene is a necessity. You need to take care of your teeth and trays to prevent infection, gum disease, and tooth decay.
You Are a Non-Smoker
Invisalign trays only work when you wear them. Constantly removing the trays to smoke can make them less effective. Smoking is also bad for your teeth. As we’ve mentioned, good oral hygiene is paramount when it comes to getting the most out of the Invisalign system.
You Are Patient
Results don’t happen overnight. It takes dedicated use of your trays to begin seeing a difference in your smile. The before and after shots of people’s smiles look incredible, but those results are the culmination of a lot of time and effort. Depending on your case, it can take six to 18 months to see changes in your smile. Be patient, keep up with your treatment plan as prescribed, and at the end of your journey you should have a smile to be proud of.
You Are Comfortable with the Cost
Straightening your smile takes commitment. Commitment to keeping yourself on task, and commitment to the cost. Traditional braces tend to be the less expensive option. While Invisalign may cost more, the system also offers a wealth of benefits over traditional braces.
Is Invisalign Right for You? Contact Passes Dental Care
Do you sound like a good candidate for Invisalign? Want more information about how Invisalign may be able to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted? Contact Passes Dental Care today.
Our team of dedicated oral health care providers can assess your situation and determine whether
Invisalign is right for you. We are also committed to helping you maintain good oral hygiene. Make an appointment today, and we can discuss your treatment options. Call us at 516-858-5921 or fill out our online form.