Do misaligned teeth make you feel insecure about your appearance? Unfortunately, crooked, gapped, or rotated teeth cause more than just aesthetic concerns. They can also negatively impact your oral health. You know brackets and wires can move your teeth into position, but you need a more sophisticated solution. Now, the clear choice in orthodontics for teens and adults is Invisalign. Clear aligners apply gentle, continual pressure to your teeth to move them into position. They are effective for correcting several bite and alignment issues, but are clear aligners right for you?
What issues can Invisalign fix?
Now, Invisalign is effective for correcting several alignment and bite issues, such as:
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
Although it’s effective for a variety of cases, if your issues are too severe or you need more advanced orthodontic procedures, you may need metal braces. Your dentist performs an initial consultation to assess your oral health and orthodontic needs to create a personalized treatment plan.
Am I too old for Invisalign?
Invisalign is the ideal choice for teens and adults who want a less noticeable treatment. There is not a set age requirement for it; however, it’s not recommended for young children because they are still growing and losing their primary teeth.
How much commitment does it require?
One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign is the fact the aligners aren’t attached to your teeth. Since they are removable, there aren’t any dietary restrictions and your oral hygiene is a breeze. While this is an amazing advantage that’s not possible with traditional braces, it requires you to have a high level of self-disciple to wear the aligners properly. You’ll need to keep them in place for at least 22 hours per day to keep your treatment plan on track.
Besides wearing them the correct length of time, you must also remain committed to switching to the next aligner in the series on time. You’ll also need to maintain your follow up visits every few weeks, so your dentist can monitor the progression of your treatment. After you’ve finished your series of aligners, you’ll need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions.
Can I afford it?
In the past, Invisalign was often too expensive for the average person, but not anymore. Although there is not a set amount you can expect to pay for your treatment until after your initial consultation, there are several options to keep it affordable. Now, many insurance companies cover a portion of the cost while many dentists accept third-party financing with CareCredit to keep the treatment within your budget.
How can I get started?
If you’re ready to invest in a straight, beautiful smile your first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. They’ll create the personalized solution you need for a flawless smile.
About Drs. Scannell & Hollinger, INC.
At Scannell & Hollinger, we’re committed to improving your patient’s health and wellness through high-quality care. We strive to build strong relationships with our patients to meet their needs through all stages of life. No matter if you need a cleaning and checkup or you’re interested in Invisalign, we have the solutions for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.