Candidates for Invisalign Teeth Straightening
By J. Brent Gorrell on June 28, 2013
Having teeth that are straight, bright, white, and properly aligned means having a healthy and beautiful smile that's perfect for first impressions. Not everyone is born with such great smiles, however. That's why it's important to meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist to learn about all of your options for advanced dental care.
One particularly good option for many people who have crooked teeth and uneven teeth is Invisalign treatment. Since there are some misconceptions about Invisalign and what it can achieve, we'd like to take a few moments right now to go over the basics of candidacy and what Invisalign can do for you.
Invisalign is an invisible braces system that represents the next step forward in convenient orthodontic care. The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom crafted to the needs of the patient. The aligner are worn at all times save for when the patient is eating, drinking, or cleaning his/her teeth.
New custom Invisalign aligners are given to patients by their dentist every two weeks, each one gradually improving the alignment of the patient's smile. Treatment will last several months, and the results will be absolutely stunning.
Basic Candidacy for Invisalign
Ideal candidates for Invisalign are teens and adults who have issues with crooked teeth, cross bites, overbites, underbites, and other types of malocclusion. These patients should have realistic expectations about what the treatment will achieve and also be in generally good dental health.
Why Invisalign is Ideal for Teens
Invisalign is great for teens since it provides great teeth straightening results and does not interrupt a teen's lifestyle whatsoever. The aligners are virtually unnoticeable when they are in place, and they can be removed for sports activities, class portraits, prom, and other social activities. Teens can also eat their favorites food without worrying about brackets, wires, and bands.
Why Invisalign is Ideal for Adults
Much like teens, adults can greatly benefits from getting Invisalign because it is convenient and does not interrupt the normal social or professional needs of the patient. For major meetings, recreational activities, interviews, and presentations, the Invisalign aligners can come out as needed without any hassle.
Invisalign and Serious Malocclusion
For serious cases of malocclusion, sometimes Invisalign will not be able to meet the needs of the patients. This is particularly true of cases in which major changes need to be made to the dental arch or jaw bone and jaw joint problems are the result of the malocclusion. This will be determined during the consultation process.
Weighing All of Your Options
There are plenty of options out there for everyone in need of a straight, beautiful smile. Invisalign can be of benefit to many people, but non-candidates should know that we have plenty of other means of improving their dental health and aesthetics. During your consultation, we'll answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns in full so that you can make strong and confident decisions about your dental care needs.
Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign Treatment
For more information about all of your options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Mountain View cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing all of your options for smile enhancement in greater detail.
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