If you want to fix the way that your teeth look, here are three things to take into consideration to determine if Invisalign braces are the right medical and practical choice for you.
#1 The Type Of Issues You Need Addressed
The first thing that you need to consider is the type of issues that you need to have addressed with your teeth. Invisalign works best at addressing issues like overcrowding in your teeth and gaps in your teeth. It can also be used to address an over-bite or under-bite as well.
It is important to keep in mind that Invisalign treatment works best when your dental issues are minor. Check with your dentist and discover how serious your overcrowding, gaps, under-bite, or over-bite is. If the issues are not that serious but need to be addressed, Invisalign could be the solution for you.
#2 Your Age
Your age can play a large factor into figuring out if Invisalign braces are the right choice for you. If you are a child or young teenager, Invisalign is most likely not the best choice for you, especially if you don't have all of your adult teeth as well as your second molars.
Invisalign braces are a dental device designed with adult teeth in mind, meaning teeth that are no longer growing and moving as much. Girls often get all of their adult teeth in place before boys, but in general, most people have all of their adult teeth in place during their teenage years. With X-rays, your dentist can let you know if you have all of your adult teeth in place and if your second molars have also erupted.
For children with dental issues that require the adjustment of the position of their teeth, generally traditional braces are the best option.
#3 Your Determination
A large part of making Invisalign braces work for you is based on your own determination to go through with the process. You need to be dedicated to wearing the aligners at all times except for when you are eating. You also need to be prepared to brush your teeth after every time you eat, regardless of whether you are at a restaurant or at home.
Once your teeth have moved into the right position, you need to be willing to wear a retainer when you go to sleep at night to ensure that the progress that was made is not lost.
If you have minor dental issues you want fixed, your teeth have stopped growing and moving, and you are dedicated to the process, Invisalign braces may be the right choice for you.