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Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Suitable For Everyone?

Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment option for busy adults and teens, but they're not suitable for everyone. Many factors play a role in your Winnipeg dentist determining if Invisalign is right for you. 

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 regard 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 procedure will likely be required to straighten your smile in more severe cases, such as significant overbites. Your dentist will work with you to find another suitable option, such as conventional metal braces if your situation cannot be treated with Invisalign.

Your Age

Potential Invisalign clear aligner candidates include both adults and teenagers. But children are not thought to be candidates for Invisalign because their teeth are still forming. Your dentist will advise alternative strategies to use while your child waits for their permanent teeth to fully erupt and grow in if early orthodontic treatment is necessary.

Your Commitment During

Because the clear aligners can be taken out during treatment, Invisalign is a well-liked orthodontic option. However, it's crucial to avoid abusing this feature. You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours every day in order 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 make a personalized dental retainer for you once your treatment is complete to prevent the repositioning of your teeth. It's critical that you comprehend that you must wear your retainer consistently for the next nine to twelve months in order for enough bone to form around your teeth's new positions.

We understand that it can be frustrating to trade one oral appliance for another, especially for an extended period of time, but to ensure the effectiveness of your treatment, your retainer will need to become your new best friend for a while. Thankfully, you won't have to wear it for 22 hours a day like your aligners.

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

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