Because of the completely unnoticeable appearance of clear aligners, Invisalign has become a popular alternative to traditional orthodontics for both adults and teenagers. Adults love being able to participate in professional settings or go on dates without the youthful look of metal braces; teens love that they don’t have a mouthful of unattractive and often painful metal brackets and wires. But not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign clear braces. Here’s what we look for in our patients in Woodway when considering Invisalign:
The first thing that any good candidate for Invisalign clear braces needs is good oral health. Your cosmetic dentist in Waco will first inspect your teeth and gums to ensure that there are no untreated issues such as decay, damage, or disease. These must be treated first before Invisalign can be considered.
The second thing that your Invisalign specialist will look at is what type of orthodontics issues you may need addressed. Invisalign clear aligners are created to address crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth. However, bite alignment issues, or teeth that need to be moved vertically cannot be treated by Invisalign.
Finally, a good candidate for Invisalign must have strong self-discipline to use the aligners correctly. Because they can be removed for oral healthcare and eating, it can be tempting to remove the aligner trays for longer than is advised. Aligners must be worn at least 22 hours a day to be the most effective.
As your Invisalign specialist in Woodway, we are happy to answer any questions you have about Invisalign clear aligners. To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact Corbet Locke, DDS at our office at 254-776-4888, or online.