Metal braces were for decades the gold standard in tooth realignment. Entire generations have grown up understanding braces treatment as almost a childhood rite of passage. But many of today’s patients are opting for Invisalign, the clear alternative to metal braces. To learn more about Invisalign, please contact Dr. Carla H. Roher at Medical Arts Dentistry today at 912-355-0605 to schedule your appointment with our Savannah dentist.
While only an experienced Invisalign professional can determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for the treatment, here are some things to consider as you think about whether or not Invisalign may be right for you.
What condition needs treatment?
While metal braces can address just about every alignment issue, Invisalign’s approach is best suite to patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Invisalign can address
●Crowded and gapped teeth
If you suffer from one or more of these conditions, Invisalign may be right for you. Severe cases may require more aggressive treatment with other orthodontic options like metal braces.
Can you commit to wearing the aligners?
This is one of the biggest challenges that patients face with Invisalign. Because the straighteners are removable, it’s easy to forget to wear them, or to take them out if you simply don’t want to. But Invisalign straighteners need to be worn at least 22 hours a day in order to remain effective.
Yes, it’s fine to remove the aligner during meals and when brushing your teeth. In fact, it’s recommended that you do. But you need to commit to wearing your aligner at all times when not eating or cleaning. It’s that simple.
Are you old enough?
Invisalign works best in older teenagers and adults whose teeth have reached their full sizes. Younger teenagers and children are usually not good candidates because their teeth have yet to reach full maturity. Invisalign relies on straighteners that envelop and constrain the teeth, whereas metal braces use brackets that are attached to and can grow with the teeth. For this reason, Invisalign is not recommended for children.
Invisalign is convenient, comfortable, and effective. If your teeth could benefit from orthodontic treatment, and if you’re a good candidate, Invisalign may be an attractive option for you. To find out whether Invisalign is right for you, please contact Savannah dentist Dr. Carla H. Roher today at 912-355-0605 to schedule your appointment at Medical Arts Dentistry.