Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. It’s an alternative to traditional braces, which use metal wires and brackets to move teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for each individual patient. These aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth over time, gradually moving them into the desired position.
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! However, there are certain qualifications patients must meet before becoming a good candidate for Invisalign. Here are the details.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Invisalign aligners are custom-made for each individual patient, using precise measurements and 3D imaging technology.
The aligners are worn over the teeth and are designed to apply gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into the desired position over time. The length of treatment will vary depending on the individual patient and their specific orthodontic needs, but most people wear the aligners for about 12-18 months.
During treatment, patients will need to visit their orthodontist regularly for check-ups to ensure that the teeth are moving as planned.
Eligibility for Invisalign
In order to be eligible for Invisalign treatment, a patient must have healthy teeth and gums. If a patient has any dental issues such as cavities or gum disease, these problems will need to be addressed before starting Invisalign treatment.
The patient must also be committed to wearing the aligners for the prescribed amount of time each day, as well as attending regular check-ups with the orthodontist.
Ideal Candidate for Invisalign
Whether or not you are a candidate for Invisalign will depend on the specific issues with your teeth and mouth.
An ideal candidate for Invisalign would be someone who has healthy teeth and gums, and is looking to straighten their teeth without the use of traditional braces.
Invisalign is suitable for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including misaligned teeth, overcrowding, and gaps between the teeth. This type of treatment is used for both teenagers and adults to help move the teeth around but not influence jaw positioning.
Patients with mild to moderate bite issues benefit from Invisalign as the aligners adjust a few teeth simultaneously. Those with mild overbites, underbites, and crossbites also benefit from Invisalign.
The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to consult with an orthodontist. They will be able to evaluate your teeth and mouth and determine the best course of treatment for you.
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The most common conditions treated with Invisalign include:
- Teeth gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Protruding teeth
If you don’t have any serious dental issues that require advanced treatment and if you’re willing to follow instructions and guidelines for Invisalign, then it’s worth asking your orthodontist for an evaluation to see if you’re a good candidate.
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