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What is Invisalign and who can it benefit?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Modern orthodontics have made it possible for dentists to straighten your smile discretely, without the use of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a prime example.

The Invisalign system works through a series of clear, removable, retainer-like devices called aligners that fit snugly over teeth and work to shift them gradually into their proper position. Besides comfort and convenience, Invisalign provides confidence and peace of mind for wearers who need a discrete treatment option that will not interrupt their professional or social lives. Fully removable aligner trays make cleaning teeth easy and food restriction unnecessary; you can simply take them out when you eat and reinsert them after you brush and floss. 

While your cosmetic appearance is important, your health is top priority. Invisalign can improve not just oral health, but overall health as well. Periodontal disease can stem from teeth being either too close or too far apart. Invisalign adjusts teeth to fit more securely with gums, creating a tight defense against bacteria. Periodontal and oral infections can lead to serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes, so correctly aligning teeth can cut off a problem before it escalates.

Invisalign can be effective for both adults and teens, but not everyone is an ideal candidate. Effectiveness depends upon the severity of your orthodontic needs. Invisalign can correct common issues such as gapped or crowded teeth, over bite, under bite and cross bite. But if any of those issues are too extreme, Invisalign may not work properly. Also, Invisalign is effective for older teenagers and adults, but children and pre-teens may not be good candidates since their teeth are still developing. 

To give you a better idea if you are a candidate or not, you can visit the Invisalign website to take a self-assessment. But an online assessment can only tell you so much, you need a certified professional to confirm. To determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign, please schedule a consultation with our team and we will evaluate your orthodontic needs.