Invisalign clear aligners have become one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth. Patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces because of its discreet and comfortable qualities. However, because it’s a newer treatment, many people don’t know if they’re a good candidate. Thankfully, your dentist has developed a quick list to give you a better idea of whether Invisalign clear braces are right for you. But first, a quick overview of what Invisalign actually is.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear plastic aligning trays that are designed to slowly but surely shift your teeth into alignment. They are completely removable, comfortable, and almost invisible, giving patients the best orthodontic experience available. Invisalign is not only easier to clean and maintain, but the clear plastic design allows you to navigate through your social and professional lives without self-consciousness due to your metal braces. While it’s a newer treatment, these clear braces are incredibly reliable if you follow the treatment instructions. In fact, Invisalign has been used to treat more than 6 million people, with over 1 million teen patients.
Candidates for Invisalign
It’s always best to visit your dentist for a consultation to know with certainty whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. However, Invisalign can treat patients who typically:
- Have mild to moderate misalignment
- Are worried about the appearance and hassle of metal braces
- Are concerned with oral hygiene while wearing braces
- Are 15 years or older
- Have only slight bite problems
- Have all of their permanent teeth
- Are looking for a shorter treatment time than braces
- Are willing to wear clear aligners for at least 20 hours a day
Invisalign is usually best for adults because they have more responsibility and commitment to their treatment. However, many teens still receive Invisalign, but they have to keep up with it to get results. If it sounds like you could benefit from Invisalign, contact your dental office right away. Even if you don’t fit the mold exactly, your dentist may be able to make it work, which is why seeing a professional for a consultation is so important. Request an appointment with your dentist today to take your first step towards a straighter and healthier smile.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Justin J. Gonzalez takes pride in offering Invisalign clear braces to give his patients the opportunity to receive a straight smile in the most discreet and comfortable way possible. He currently practices at San Pedro Smiles Dental Center, and he can be reached through his website or by phone at (210) 737-6900 for any questions.