Invisalign orthodontics have come a long way in the 20-plus years since the clear aligners were first introduced. At first they were only used for minor orthodontic problems. Since then the treatment has advanced, and now nearly everyone can benefit from it.
The dentists at Wilton Dental Associates have treated thousands of patients with Invisalign, so they can definitely determine if you’re a good candidate. They will look at multiple factors, including:
- Your orthodontic issues
- Your age
- Whether you have dental restorations
- Your commitment to your treatment
Invisalign Orthodontics Can Fix Many Problems
When it was first introduced, Invisalign was marketed primarily as an alternative to metal braces for adults with less serious orthodontics issues. Now, however, it is used to fix many common problems including:
- Gaps between teeth
That said, the severity of your issues can affect Invisalign’s ability to correct them. Aligners often can’t close very large gaps between teeth, for example. Invisalign may not be as effective as other types of orthodontics for moving teeth that are rotated or tilted. In addition, if your teeth are very short, rounded, or pointy, the aligners may not be able to grip onto the teeth as they should.
Teens & Adults Can Get Invisalign
In general, we prefer to use Invisalign orthodontics for patients who have all of their adult (permanent) teeth and who aren’t still experiencing growth in their jaw. Depending on the condition of wisdom teeth, our dentists may recommend removing them before beginning treatment. If a patient doesn’t yet have their wisdom teeth, we will keep a close eye on them during the patient’s treatment.
Dental Restorations Can Affect Invisalign
Not all dental restorations are problematic, but our dentists need to factor them in when planning your Invisalign treatment. In some cases, patients with dental implants or dental bridges may not be good candidates for Invisalign. Viability of using Invisalign can depend on many things, including where your restorations are located in your mouth and how large they are.
Once you receive your aligners and begin using them, you’ll need to delay any dental restoration work. Because aligners are so precisely made, work on just a single tooth can affect the ability of Invisalign orthodontics to move teeth.
You Need Self-Discipline for Invisalign Orthodontics
The ability to remove your aligners is one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign. It means you can eat whatever you want, with no worries about food getting stuck in braces or even damaging them. It also makes it much easier to follow your usual oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing your teeth.
However, it can be tempting to remove them often or leave them out for long periods. However, if you don’t wear your aligners at least 20 hours a day (22 hours is better), you risk lengthening your treatment time. We suggest removing them only for meals. If you consume a lot of coffee or soda, you may need to switch to water or other clear liquids. Since dark liquids can stain, you must remove your aligners when drinking them. That time can really add up, depending on your habit.
It’s also important to wear your aligners in the proper sequence, for the recommended amount of time (usually two weeks). If you think you’ll have trouble keeping track of the sequence of your aligners or wearing them enough, you’ll want to discuss this with your dentists.
The only way to know for sure whether Invisalign orthodontics is right for you is to visit our Wilton, CT office for a consultation. To schedule one, call Wilton Dental Associates at 203-293-2086.