About Invisalign Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are custom-fitted transparent tooth molds that can shift your teeth into their proper positions, much like braces.
Over the last decade, they’ve been a popular treatment for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth discreetly, without the wires and brackets that come with traditional metal braces.
Are You A Candidate For Clear Aligners?
You first need to find out if clear aligners are right for you. Following a consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough oral exam to ensure that clear aligners are plausible for your dental condition.
Orthodontic Issues That Clear Aligners Can Help
After your dentist examines your smile and takes impressions of your teeth, your aligners will be made to treat specific orthodontic issues. Dentists have used Invisalign to successfully treat patients with:
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Open bite
- Gapped teeth
- Sleep apnea
Just like each patient’s teeth are unique to them, each case is different. Your specific treatment time and other factors in your treatment plan may vary depending on which teeth must be moved, and by how much. It can take longer to move some teeth than others due to their position in your mouth.
Depending on your needs and preferences, removable custom clear aligners can offer an aesthetic and comfortable alternative to fixed appliances such as braces when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
Clear aligners encourage excellent oral hygiene and oral health
With the brushing and flossing you’ll need to do to keep your teeth - and your aligners clean - during treatment, you’ll be diligently brushing away plaque and bacteria that can get stuck between your aligners and your teeth, leading to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
A large part of successful treatment with clear aligners is the commitment to excellent oral hygiene - and working with your dentist to follow the treatment plan and minimize the chance for plaque to take hold.
Patients spend less time in treatment with clear aligners
Another benefit of clear aligners is that you’ll spend less time in your dentist’s office. Clear aligners shouldn’t require regular adjustments or tightening, and you should only need to visit your dentist every couple of months to check in on your progress and ensure your treatment is going to plan.
Limitations to Treatment
Clear aligners are a very helpful orthodontic option, but there are certain conditions that clear aligners cannot treat, including large overbites, severe rotations, and some molar issues.
Note: If your case cannot be treated with Invisalign, your dentist can help you find another option that will work for you, such as traditional metal braces.