I’ve been asked multiple times whether a patient is a good candidate for clear aligners. At my practice we use Invisalign to provide clear aligners that will move teeth like braces would. Now, Invisalign’s technology is capable of doing more complex movements than ten years ago. More than 80% of my patients can use Invisalign over traditional metal braces. The major thing to be aware of is that it is a time commitment. Invisalign will work, if you wear the aligners. That seems obvious but when you’re in the thick of it, you may find your old daily habits need a little tweaking.
For those of you who sip on coffee all morning or snack multiple times a day, these habits will need to be altered. The good news is that these habits aren’t the best for your teeth in the first place. As a dentist, my favorite thing about Invisalign is that it gets patients to build better oral hygiene habits for themselves. When you take your aligners out to eat, you need to brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in. This means you are now flossing and brushing three times a day. You may even notice your teeth appearing whiter and having fresher breath.
Here’s an example of how Invisalign was used to correct the crowding and overlapping of teeth. This case took the patient just under a year. The best option is to see a certified Invisalign provider and have them assess your teeth. Of course you’ll want to make sure you don’t have any cavities or gum disease first.