You might enjoy learning that you can straighten crooked teeth without orthodontic braces by choosing Invisalign® clear aligners instead. However, before beginning treatment, you and your dentist will want to make sure that it is the best option, both for your teeth and for your lifestyle.
Along with examining your teeth to determine if clear aligners can help correct them, your initial visit will also include a personal consultation to determine Invisalign® treatment’s impact on your daily life.
Who benefits most from Invisalign® aligners?
Invisalign®, which consists of a series of custom-designed, nearly-invisible aligners that fit over your teeth, offer patients a more discreet and more comfortable alternative to conventional orthodontic braces. Ideal patients are typically those with mild to moderate tooth misalignment, or patients who have previously undergone orthodontic treatment but are currently experiencing relapse.
If your teeth are severely out of alignment, then you may require traditional, bracket-and-wire braces to effectively straighten them. During an Invisalign® consultation, Dr. Keelan will thoroughly examine the extent of your condition and whether or not you are a viable candidate.
Are there benefits to Invisalign® over regular braces?
By utilizing clear, comfortable plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires, Invisalign® offers a number of benefits. For instance;
- The aligners are smooth and do not irritate soft oral tissues.
- Invisalign® is nearly invisible, so your treatment remains discreet.
- You can remove the aligners to eat, and to brush and floss your teeth.
- Invisalign® is also more biocompatible than braces because the aligners are not bonded to your teeth.
What if I already have existing dental work?
If you’ve already received a dental filling, dental crown, or other dental restoration, then your previous dental work should not affect your treatment. Because the aligners are designed to fit over your teeth, they will also fit over a dental crown or veneer. Still, Dr. Keelan will keep a close eye on your dental work during your subsequent visits to ensure that it holds up for the duration of your Invisalign® treatment.