How to know if you are a candidate for Invisalign
Nowadays, an increasing number of adults are seeking treatment to correct flaws in their smile, including teeth straightening. As a result, more dentists are offering their adult patients appliances specially designed to be more discreet than traditional metal braces, including Invisalign – often misspelt Invisaline.
At Winchester Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve beautiful, healthy, straight smiles with Invisalign. Dr Suzette Mulder, our lead orthodontist in Hampshire, and our team of highly trained dentists get to know every patient on an individual basis, designing personalised treatment plans that suit each patient’s needs and lifestyle requirements. We strive to make teeth straightening convenient and accessible, which is why we offer Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, almost invisible, removable, plastic aligners. They are custom-made to snugly fit over your teeth. The removable aligners can be taken out to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth. During treatment, your Hampshire orthodontist will provide you with a series of aligners, each of which has to be worn for about2 weeks or so before you move onto the next one. All you have to do is to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Invisalign is ideal for busy adults who do not wish to alter their lifestyle.
Who qualifies for Invisalign treatment?
As long as you have healthy teeth and gums and want to correct mild to moderate misalignments, you are likely an eligible candidate. If you wore braces as a child, but your teeth have become crooked again, then Invisalign can offer available solution to correct your bite alignment. If you have tooth decay or suffer from gum disease, you cannot have Invisalign until the problem is fixed and your good dental health is restored.
Finally, if your teeth are severely crooked, then you may require metal braces. While Invisalign is great for adults and older teens, it is not recommended for children who have not developed their adult teeth yet. During your initial consultation, your Hampshire orthodontist will carefully assess the state of your teeth and jaw to determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you.