Invisalign is a great way to discreetly correct smiles with gaps of up to 6 mm, close gaps between teeth, and straighten crowded teeth that overlap and twist on each other. It is a dental smoothing treatment that consists of a series of transparent plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign is an excellent option for those who want to straighten their teeth without having to wear metal braces. However, it is not suitable for everyone.
Invisalign is generally not recommended for gaps larger than 6 mm. This is a very large gap and, in fact, it is very rare for most people to have such a severe gap. If present, it usually only affects the front teeth. Your teeth and gums should be in good health before starting Invisalign, as there is a greater risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease if you use aligners without first addressing the underlying issues.
You should be able to receive authorization from your dentist if you have any questions about your oral health. It's absolutely imperative that patients learn to care for their teeth and aligners throughout the process. Patients who don't follow the guidelines listed above are at risk of having problems with Invisalign.Invisalign can treat mild cases of malocclusion due to retrognathism, but is not suitable for more severe cases. Serious overbites are usually caused by skeletal problems and require surgery to fix them.
Patients with very short teeth may not be able to use Invisalign because the aligners don't hold properly. Earlier dental work, such as dental bridges, can also complicate treatment with Invisalign.In addition, Invisalign candidates with tooth decay or gum disease will need to address those issues before starting the treatment process. While there are many problems that Invisalign can fix, there are also others that it can't. For example, if a crooked tooth needs to be twisted forcefully to straighten it, Invisalign may not be able to do so.
Likewise, small spaces between teeth are fine for Invisalign, but if there are large spaces, Invisalign may not be up to that challenge.Nor can Invisalign raise or lower the position of the tooth in the jawline or correct a midline discrepancy of more than 2 mm. This differs from case to case, and only your board-certified orthodontist can decide if Invisalign is still a viable option for you. While there are a number of bite issues that Invisalign can address, it doesn't always have the same capabilities as traditional braces.Patients wear Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day and take them out only to eat and brush their teeth. While it isn't painful, you might feel a little pressure when you put on your new aligners for the first time and they start to move your teeth.
More and more teens and adults prefer Invisalign clear aligners to traditional braces due to its convenience and discreetness.