The popularity of Invisalign has steadily increased since its invention and groundbreaking arrival on the orthodontic scene. In 2012, there were over two million people beginning their journey with Invisalign, and, those numbers show no sign of decreasing in the coming years.
With its continuous rise in popularity, you may start thinking Invisalign is replacing traditional braces altogether. With its nearly-invisible presence on your teeth as it quietly aligns and straightens your teeth, that would certainly be the most desirable assumption.
However, because of its material, and its overall limitations, Invisalign is not for everyone’s mouth. Keep reading to distinguish between Invisalign candidates and those who are better suited to get the smile of their dreams by depending on traditional braces.
What Are The Right Kind of Teeth For Invisalign?
The best way to explain the differences between traditional braces and Invisalign is that Invisalign focuses on putting pressure on the part of the teeth you can see, whereas traditional braces work to realign and restructure the entire tooth–root and all. That means Invisalign is perfect for teeth that are:
– Have a slight overbite
– Struggle with underbite
– Have overall crowded teeth
– Natural cross bite alignment teeth
What Are The Wrong Kind Of Teeth For Invisalign?
Although the above list covers a broad spectrum of orthodontic needs, there are still a few areas in which Invisalign does not work best in straightening your teeth. If you experience any of the following, you may need to discuss other options besides Invisalign. These special cases include:
– Short, rounded teeth, or teeth with sharp edges. Invisalign is made with a special, medical-grade plastic, and it can neither fit teeth which are difficult to grab, nor teeth that gradually dig into the trays themselves.
– Teeth which are rotated more than 20 degrees
– If you have an orthodontic bridge or wear veneers, it is much more difficult for the trays to properly align your teeth
– If you require jaw surgery in order to completely align your teeth
Who Is Best Candidate For Invisalign?
Anyone can inquire about Invisalign. There are even special Invisalign trays for younger children that have a blue dot near the back of the tray which slowly disappears if your child has been wearing the trays as intended. However, if your child’s teeth have not fully developed, it may be best to wait a while longer before looking into Invisalign for your child.
Another thing to remember is that Invisalign takes a large amount of commitment. The strongly suggested treatment plan requires the patient to wear the trays for 22 hours a day, only removing them for mealtimes.
If maintaining that treatment plan is not something you can see yourself accomplishing for the duration of the treatment, you may want to consider straightening your teeth with traditional braces that do not allow you to remove them without dental assistance.
Choosing The Best Dentist For Your Invisalign Treatment
No matter what your teeth are like, the team at East Center Dental would love to be a part of your venture towards a brighter, straighter smile. If you live in or near Kosciusko County, Indiana, take the first step with us today in assessing your dental needs and the possibility of Invisalign. Reach out to us today.