Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Suitable For Everyone?

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While Invisalign clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment option for busy adults and teenagers, they aren't right for everyone. Many factors influence whether or not Invisalign is right for you, according to your Montreal dentist.

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 regards 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 Invisalign is not an option for you, your dentist will work with you to find another solution, such as traditional metal braces.

Your Age

Adults and teenagers alike may benefit from Invisalign clear aligners. Children, on the other hand, are not considered candidates for Invisalign because their teeth are still developing. If your child needs early orthodontic treatment, your dentist will suggest other options to keep them busy 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. You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day to achieve the best results.

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

Your dentist will create a custom dental retainer after your treatment is completed to ensure that your teeth do not shift back to their original positions. You must understand that you'll need to wear your retainer consistently for the next 9 to 12 months until enough bone has formed around your teeth's new positions.

We understand that switching from one oral appliance to another, especially for an extended period, can be inconvenient, but for your treatment to be effective, your retainer will have to become your new best friend for a while. Thankfully, unlike your aligners, you won't have to wear them for 22 hours a day.

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

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