Many adults remember the discomfort and embarrassment associated with wearing braces in middle school or high school. What’s worse, you may have suffered a setback in the following years as your teeth slowly started to shift back toward their original positions.
Whether your wisdom teeth came in and messed everything up after braces, you started out faithfully wearing your retainers but dropped off over time, or you suffered a combination of factors that led to your teeth becoming misaligned, you’re probably not too keen on the notion of wearing braces again as an adult. Never fear – there is another option that probably didn’t exist when you were a teen.
Invisalign can help those who once used traditional orthodontic braces to correct misalignment. Are you a good candidate for Invisalign? How can this system help your smile? Here’s what you need to know.
Good Candidates for Invisalign
One of the reasons Invisalign is often ideal for those who have suffered some relapse after wearing braces is that alignment and bite issues are bound to be far less severe after the application of orthodontic braces, even with some amount of shift back toward original position. If you have mild crowding, gaps, overbite, underbite, or crossbite issues, there’s a good chance you could benefit from the use of Invisalign.
It’s always best to check in with your dentist and/or orthodontist for assessment in order to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. If you have serious alignment or bite issues, it’s possible that you could see better results with orthodontic braces, but you won’t know until you undergo professional assessment.
If you went through the long and uncomfortable process of wearing braces as a teen, you might be skeptical that invisible aligners can do the same job. The thing is, they probably don’t have to do the same job as braces because your issues probably aren’t as bad as they once were.
The Invisalign system works by using a series of clear trays that are specifically designed to address your alignment issues. These removable trays must be worn for all but a couple of hours each day, but that still leaves you with the option to remove them when you eat or clean your teeth. In as little as 6-12 months, you could see the perfect, straight smile you’re hoping for. All you have to do to get started is visit your dentist to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.