Invisalign treatment has really gained popularity since its inception in 1997. This is because unlike conventional braces, the Invisalign aligners are molded to fit the outline of your teeth and are invisible. They are also removable, which makes it easy to clean your teeth and eat. Also, they apply less force when straightening your teeth compared to metal braces making them quite comfortable.
Although it has these and much more advantages, is Invisalign treatment right for you? Some of the factors that will determine whether you choose it or not include:
What you intend to treat
Dentists recommend Invisalign on patients who want to effectively such issues as crowded teeth, gapped teeth, crossbites, underbites, and overbites. Aligners may have a difficult time treating severe dental issues such as large overbites. In that case, advanced orthodontic procedures could be necessary to shift the jaw’s position.
This orthodontic treatment option is great for teens who are conscious of their looks, as well as adults who need to correct teeth alignment issues without the stigma of wearing adult braces. However, it is not recommended for children as their jaws and teeth are still developing.
Due to the increase in the number of health facilities that offer them, the cost of Invisalign treatment has reduced over the last few years. However, it could still be slightly higher than conventional braces. The final cost of this treatment will depend on the severity of your case. Be sure to check whether your insurance plan can cover part or all of your Invisalign treatment costs.
Your commitment to the treatment
While you are allowed to remove the aligners when eating, drinking, or participating in contact sports, they need to remain in your mouth for at least 22 hours every day for them to be effective. If you are prone to forgetting or compulsively removing your aligners, traditional braces may be the best treatment option. In spite of their discomfort, they constrain you to the treatment plan.
After a successful Invisalign treatment, your dentist might recommend that you wear a retainer, especially at night. Failing to do so could reverse the treatment’s effects.Therefore, you should also be committed to any follow-up care involved.
Are you a good Invisalign candidate? Find out today by scheduling an appointment with Dental Ben’s in Peoria, Arizona. Our reputable dentist, Dr. Ben Cooperman will examine your mouth and teeth and advise you on the most appropriate treatment option.