Of all the orthodontic options available to you, Invisalign is one of the most discreet and least invasive options. This is why Invisalign is so popular with younger people. But not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, soft, and clear, they are not a good option for everybody. This article will help you to find out if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment option for you.
The following factors make you a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
1. You are disciplined
Most orthodontists will tell you to keep each aligner in for up to 22 hours a day to get the maximum benefit. Taking an aligner out too often will prolong treatment time. So if you are disciplined enough to follow your dentist's instructions, you can get the best out of Invisalign.
If you struggle to be disciplined but you want your orthodontic treatment to be discreet, consider opting for ceramic braces or lingual braces instead.
2. You don't have any memory issues
At times, you'll need to remove your Invisalign aligners. This might be during meals or during a game of sports, for instance. But you need to remember to put your aligners back in immediately after these activities. You also need to remember where you put your aligners when not using them, otherwise, you might lose them.
If you have memory issues, a fixed brace is a better option.
3. You are willing to give up certain foods
Some foods that have strong coloring, such as curry, can stain the clear plastic Invisalign aligners. And other foods are hard enough to damage the aligners. If you don't mind giving up these foods to protect your aligners, you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
4. Your orthodontic issue doesn't involve the jawbone
Although modern Invisalign can correct complicated issues like overbites and crossbites, orthodontic issues that involve the jawbone are best approached with traditional braces.
5. You worry about how traditional braces affect your appearance
If you want an orthodontic treatment that doesn't affect your appearance too much, then Invisalign is ideal for you. The clear plastic aligners used in Invisalign treatment are very discreet so many people won't notice them.
6. You want to be able to clean your teeth without braces obstructing you
Traditional braces make oral hygiene more difficult than usual. If oral hygiene is important to you, you might prefer to have the ability to remove your braces to clean your teeth and gums. Invisalign gives you this option.
Are you a good candidate for Invisalign treatment? Contact an Invisalign orthodontist to learn more.