There Are Many Great Candidates For Invisalign
For a long time, orthodontic care meant one thing — metal braces.
For many, this was a right of passage during their teenage years. As technology improved and new opportunities arose, more adults have started orthodontic treatment as well.
And Invisalign® is fast becoming one of the most popular orthodontic options.
Invisalign does not use brackets. Invisalign does not use wires. Instead, it uses clear aligners (sort of like mouthguards) that have helped this kind of treatment earn the nickname of “invisible braces.”
At Parkway Dental, we can examine your teeth and let you know if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
Who Can Be Helped With Invisalign?
Invisalign can work for pretty much any patient who is old enough for orthodontic care and who has mild or moderate alignment issues. This covers many, many patients with a wide range of issues.
Let’s start by looking at the particular problems that Invisalign can fix:
➤ Crooked and crowded teeth
It would be great if all our teeth came in perfectly straight and parallel to one another. For most of us, a perfect smile requires some help. Invisalign can get your off-center teeth moved to where you want them to be.
➤ Gaps between teeth
The technical name for this is diastema. Many times these gaps appear at the front of someone’s mouth, although you can have these gaps between other teeth or even multiple gaps in your smile.
Many people would prefer to close those gaps, and Invisalign can help with that, too.
➤ Overbites or underbites
An overbite occurs when your top teeth stick out noticeably more than your bottom teeth. An underbite is when the lower teeth stick out more than the upper teeth. The good news is that Invisalign can help with either issue.
You could think of this as something between an overbite and an underbite. When someone with a crossbite closes his or her mouth, their top and bottom teeth overlap one another in different places.
➤ Open bites
An open bite occurs when you close your bite, but a visible space remains between your top and bottom teeth.
If you have one or more of the issues mentioned above, our dentist will be happy to examine your smile and let you know if Invisalign will work for you.
What Is The Right Age To Use Invisalign?
The answer for most people is whatever age you are now. We’ll discuss below why people at different stages in life may prefer to use Invisalign.
◼︎ Invisalign for Teenagers
Being a teenager is already tough. Getting braces can make things more complicated. You have to avoid some of your favorite foods, and braces can make everyday life uncomfortable. And for a self-conscious teen, wearing metal braces may be a problem.
Invisalign can help. Since the aligners are practically invisible, they can help teens feel more relaxed wearing them at school or when hanging out with their friends.
And since you can remove your aligners for a couple hours each day, you can take them out for meals. This means you can keep eating all the foods you want to eat. (Just don’t eat too many sweets.)
◼︎ Invisalign for Young Adults
Maybe you are just starting a new career. You want to make the best impression possible, and you know that you would feel more confident if your smile was straighter.
You know braces would work, but you worry that this may remind your colleagues that you are still young. You wonder if wearing braces might mean they take you less seriously. And if you’re being honest, you wonder how braces could affect dating, too.
With Invisalign, you can work on your smile without calling attention to your treatment. And with the clear aligners, you can be comfortable wearing them in professional and personal situations.
◼︎ Invisalign for Older Adults
Cosmetic dentistry is popular for a reason, and Invisalign is a great way to improve your smile.
At your age, you may not consider braces a real option, but Invisalign can be an effective way to improve your smile. It won’t interfere with your daily life, and it can help you create the smile of your dreams.
Ready To See Your New Smile?
The first step is scheduling a consultation at Parkway Dental. Just fill out our online form or call us at (770) 676-1122 to start your journey to a better smile.