Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Invisalign®?

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Invisalign®? from R. Scott Smith DDS in Orange, CAThose seeking a straighter smile who would like to avoid treatment with braces have another option, thanks to Invisalign®. This clear aligner system discreetly and conveniently addresses many tooth alignment issues. Though many prefer Invisalign to braces, for this reason, these clear aligners are not for everyone. If you are considering Invisalign, here is an overview of treatment and who makes a good candidate.

Invisalign explained

Invisalign clear aligners are a series of clear and custom-made trays that slowly align teeth. About every two weeks, the patient gets a new set of trays to wear over their upper and lower teeth. Each new set moves teeth incrementally closer to a well-aligned smile. It is a discreet and removable teeth alignment solution that can take anywhere from three to 18 months to complete.

The ideal candidate

Though Invisalign offers some attractive benefits, it is not the right choice for everyone. Here is a closer look at the type of patient who is a good candidate for this teeth straightening solution.

Seeking an alternative to braces

Many people, especially adults, want straighter teeth but are uncomfortable with wearing braces. Most want a discreet way to straighten their teeth that allows them to remove the appliance when needed. In some cases, people may have an allergy to the metals often used in braces. If not for this alternative, these patients might not get beneficial teeth straightening treatment.

Good dental health habits

Patients who choose Invisalign must have good dental health and oral care habits. Brushing after eating is important in addition to brushing in the morning and at night. Those who wear Invisalign should also floss once a day and follow cleaning recommendations for Invisalign to avoid plaque and bacteria buildup on teeth that can lead to tooth decay and gum irritation.

Older teens and adults

People of certain age groups are usually better fits for Invisalign. Responsible teens and adults are more likely to follow good oral hygiene regimens. In addition, these patients are usually better about wearing the aligners as directed, including for a minimum of 22 hours daily. Also, adults and older teens have an easier time remembering to keep track of their aligners and ensure they are in their carrying case when not in use.

Have mild to moderate bite issues

Invisalign can do much more than straighten teeth. With the help of special attachments, this treatment can even correct mild to moderate bite issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Those unsure if their teeth can be corrected using Invisalign are encouraged to meet with a dentist for an evaluation. Many are surprised to find just how effective Invisalign can be.

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Can Invisalign work for you?

If you have always wanted to improve the alignment of your smile but do not like the idea of spending months or years in braces, Invisalign may be for you. This solution is a discreet, effective, and flexible way to a straighter smile. Call our office today to schedule a consultation and determine if you are a candidate.

Request an appointment or call R. Scott Smith DDS at 714-332-4737 for an appointment in our Orange office.

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