Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular and highly effective alternative to traditional metal braces for those looking to straighten teeth and achieve a healthy smile with minimal hassle and interference. Invisalign are invisible aligners that are custom moulded to your bite. The aligners slowly move your teeth to the desired position and are removable so you can maintain your oral hygiene as you normally would.
What Issues Can Invisalign Resolve?
Invisalign is recommended for older teenagers and adults, because teeth might still be growing in our younger patients. If not too severe, Invisalign can straighten teeth, addressing common orthodontic conditions including:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth gaps
If your case is severe, other orthodontic procedures may be a better solution to address your dental concerns.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
For optimal results, your Invisalign aligners should be worn no less than 22 hours a day. Wearing Invisalign aligners is easy, but you have to wear them for extended periods of time and remove them when eating. If you’re not disciplined about how often you wear your aligners each day, the effectiveness of treatment can be impacted.
If you have active gum disease or cavities, it may be recommended to have restorative treatment before moving forward with your Invisalign treatment. Other potential issues can arise if you have dental bridges, dental implants or TMJ issues because this can cause aligners not to fit properly. In most cases though, your dentist can work around the issues in your mouth, unless your case is extremely severe.
How it Works
Treatment starts with an initial consultation with an approved dentist such as Dentists on the Gold Coast, who will determine whether Invisalign is appropriate for you. Your dentist will then take impressions and photos of your teeth. Using these, a series of custom-made invisible aligners get 3D printed. Your dentist will give you three or four pairs of aligners every two or so weeks depending on your specific treatment plan.
The average period from getting your first pair of aligners to fully correcting your teeth can be between 12 and 24 months depending on your age and particular case. Your dentist will let you know your treatment length during your consultation as part of a detailed treatment plan.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is an increasingly popular option to straighten teeth for many people due to the benefits such as:
- Looks better – They are virtually invisible meaning you can undergo orthodontic treatment without minimal notice. You can smile in pictures without feeling self-conscious.
- You can remove them to eat – This means you don’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces or change what or how you eat.
- Easier to maintain oral hygiene – Since you can remove them, there’s no need to change how you brush and floss.
- More comfortable – Invisalign doesn’t irritate your cheeks and gums. While there is some discomfort at the start, it’s typically much more manageable than traditional metal braces to get used to.
Schedule an Appointment with Dentist on the Gold Coast
To schedule an appointment to find out more about Invisalign, call Dentists on the Gold Coast today on 07 5531 2053 or make a booking online. Our dedicated team provides a range of general, cosmetic, emergency and preventive dental care.