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Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Suitable For Everyone?

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment option for busy adults and teenagers, but they are not for everyone. Many factors influence your Calgary dentist's decision to recommend Invisalign.

To determine if your teeth could be straightened with Invisalign your dentist will complete an assessment of your oral history and a close examination of your teeth, gums, jaw, and bite. Based on your particular case, your dentist will help you decide if clear aligners are the best orthodontic solution for your needs. 

Here are a few of the factors that can contribute to helping you reach your goals in regard to the Invisalign treatment process.

Your Case

As long as your case isn’t too severe, Invisalign can treat a variety of issues such as gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and cross-bites.

Another orthodontic treatment may be required to straighten your smile in more severe cases, such as large overbites. If your case cannot be treated with Invisalign, your dentist will assist you in finding a suitable alternative, such as traditional metal braces.

Your Age

Adults and teenagers can both benefit from Invisalign clear aligners. Children, however, are not considered candidates for Invisalign because their teeth are still developing. If your child requires early orthodontic treatment, your dentist will advise you on alternative options to using while they wait for their permanent teeth to fully erupt and grow in.

Your Commitment During

Because the clear aligners can be removed during treatment, Invisalign is a popular orthodontic option. However, it is critical not to abuse this feature. To achieve the best results, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day.

Even though you can remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss, you should keep them in your mouth as much as possible to see the best results. 

That means if you are not able to fully commit to the treatment plan set out by your dentist, the treatment simply won't work.

Your Commitment After

When your treatment is finished, your dentist will make you a custom dental retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. It is critical that you understand that you will need to wear your retainer consistently for the next 9 to 12 months until enough bone has been deposited around the new positions of your teeth.

We understand that it can be frustrating to trade one oral appliance for another, especially for an extended period of time, but to ensure the effectiveness of your treatment, your retainer will need to become your new best friend for a while. Thankfully, you won't have to wear it for 22 hours a day like your aligners.

The only way to really know if you are a candidate for Invisalign is to visit the dentist. Contact our Calgary dentists to book your consultation today. 

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