Is Invisalign Right for You?

February 17, 2015

Invisalign can be a great alternative to traditional braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires across your teeth that must be worn at all times, Invisalign is a more comfortable option that is not only less visible, but can also be removed if necessary. Despite this, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone. Consider these things before determining whether or not you should invest in Invisalign for your teeth.


How Severe is Your Problem

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Depending on how crooked, misaligned, or gapped your teeth are, you may not even be eligible for Invisalign. While it can treat these problems, if too severe other methods may be necessary instead. You will need to take an assessment to determine if you can take advantage of this alternative treatment.


How Responsible Are You


Invisalign requires you to be in part responsible for your treatment. Even though you have the ability to take your Invisalign out, you should not do so very often. This will lengthen the time of the treatment greatly. For this reason, Invisalign may be more suited for older teens and adults who are committed to wearing their Invisalign. Only take the treatment out to brush your teeth and eat.


Take the Assessment

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Invisalign offers a free assessment online that allows you to see more definitively whether or not this treatment is right for you. Even after taking this assessment you should still talk with your orthodontist and ensure this treatment can be done. Use this online test only to get a general idea of your orthodontic needs.


Don’t Forget to Clean Your Trays


The aligners used for Invisalign must be cleaned as often as you brush your teeth. This should be easier than dealing with metal braces as you can take them out of your mouth and clean them this way. Neglecting to clean the aligners will only cause you to put bacteria right back in your mouth. Make sure you take the necessary steps to better protect your smile.

Invisalign can be a great option for those who are responsible. Make sure you meet with your orthodontist beforehand to determine if this treatment is right for you.

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