Braces are a common option for straightening teeth. However, while most people desire straight teeth, they fear how braces will look on them. Luckily, there are more options for straightening teeth than the traditional metal braces. One option is Invisalign®. Invisalign® braces straighten the teeth by using a group of clear aligners at different stages. But not everyone is a candidate. This information will help you determine whether or not you may be a candidate for the treatment.
Age Makes a Difference
Teenagers under 16 are commonly not good candidates for Invisalign®, since their teeth have not fully developed. However, older teens and adults may be better candidates because their teeth have stopped growing. Adults will also be more likely to stay with the program. However, teeth can still be growing even in your late teens, and an orthodontist can determine if the teeth have fully matured. You will not qualify for the treatment if you have erupted molars or have not lost all of your baby teeth yet.
It Requires Dedication
Who wouldn’t want braces that do not poke the gums or rub on the mouth? If you want straight teeth without the concerns of scratching or rubbing, are you willing to give it the effort? Unlike traditional braces that cannot be removed, Invisalign® aligners can be taken off by the patient for cleaning the teeth and eating. The ease of cleaning makes them ideal for some patients, but you need to make sure you wear them 22 hours daily. After you complete the program, you must wear retainers, which you have to be careful not to lose. Before you decide on this option, consider how it will impact your daily routine.
The Condition of the Teeth Matters
Patients with moderate teeth problems such as misalignment, mild overbites or underbites, gapped teeth or teeth crowding could be candidates for Invisalign®. Severe issues cannot be fixed by Invisalign®.
You do not have to deal with a crooked smile when you have the option of Invisalign®. Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas to learn more information about Invisalign®. Contact us today to book your initial consultation and get started!