Is Invisalign Right for You?
Wearing metal braces isn’t really a problem when you’re younger but it can be a real issue for older, professional people. The big advantage of Invisalign is that it’s nearly invisible.
It’s a fact that teeth move over time and have a tendency to shift forward. As you age, this can lead to some crowding in the front teeth. We often have mature clients who are concerned about their teeth looking crooked or have noticed that their smile is changing. Generally, older people don’t want the ‘brace face’ look that comes with traditional orthodontic treatment and Invisalign is a perfect solution.
What’s different about Invisalign?
Invisalign has no wires, no braces and no brackets. It is simply a series of clear plastic mouthguards—called aligners—with each one subtly different from the previous one. An aligner is worn for a specific amount of time and then replaced with the next one in the series. Over time, teeth are gently moved to the correct position.
When you’re wearing an Invisalign aligner, people don’t even notice you have an orthodontic device in your mouth. It’s imperative that they are worn for most of the day to get the desired effect but patients usually find it less invasive and less painful than metal braces.
While the aligners are virtually undetectable, they can also be removed for a special occasion. Whether you’re having a big presentation, giving a speech, getting married or having a hot first date, you can slip out the aligner for an hour or so. Afterwards they can be replaced back over the teeth and the treatment continues.
When is Invisalign not appropriate?
There are some situations where Invisalign is not the appropriate treatment to achieve the desired orthodontic result. There is an easy process to find out if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign. We take a number of profile pictures, smile pictures, study models, and record bite registrations. We then send all this information to Invisalign with a description of the results we hope to achieve. The team at Invisalign will make a determination if that client is a likely candidate.
The Invisalign team is not reticent in turning clients down if the condition is not suitable for aligner treatment. However, if the diagnosis is negative, there are many other options available with traditional orthodontic solutions.
When does Invisalign work best?
A situation in which I find Invisalign invaluable is when a client wants a minor adjustment to improve their smile. They may have a little crowding or a small gap they want to correct without wearing wire braces for months on end.
At the moment, my daughter is undertaking an Invisalign treatment. She had orthodontic treatment when she was younger but her lower teeth were still a little crowded. She will wear the Invisalign aligners for 14 weeks to correct the problem. Before Invisalign, she would have had to undertake expansion, wear a plate and be fitted with braces.
While major orthodontic treatment is not usually suitable for Invisalign, the majority of cases I see in my practice can be corrected with the Invisalign system. The feedback from patients who have worn the aligners is overwhelmingly positive. Invisalign has really been a revolution in orthodontics.