You might be unhappy with the spacing or alignment of your teeth, or you might be considering treatment options for your child and looking for an alternative to braces. If so, Invisalign® could be the answer.
Invisalign was introduced over a decade ago, and many patients have successfully used the aligners to achieve straighter teeth and a more aesthetically-pleasing smile. As a Level II-certified Invisalign dentist, Dr. Q has managed the treatment for many of her patients. Below is her advice on deciding whether Invisalign is right for you.
Know the Problems Invisalign Addresses
Dr. Q uses Invisalign for mild-to-moderate concerns with teeth alignment. She refers more complicated cases to orthodontic specialists. Typically, she recommends the treatment only for patients who have otherwise healthy teeth. Patients who have tooth damage or decay may be better suited for a different treatment option.
With Invisalign, Dr. Q can help patients who are dealing with:
- Overbite or underbite.
- Crossbite or open bite.
- Teeth crowding or gaps.
Should I Choose Invisalign for Myself / My Child?
In general, here are some ways to decide if Invisalign is right for you or your family…
Invisalign requires your involvement. While braces aren’t removable, Invisalign aligners are. That’s convenient for meals and special occasions, but it means that you or your child has to choose to keep the aligners in the mouth so that the process can work. For many adults, removing Invisalign while eating and keeping the aligners clean isn’t a problem, but you should make sure that your child is able to manage the process.
As with braces, Invisalign takes some adjustment. Invisalign is small, clear, and unobtrusive, which can make it less noticeable to people than braces. However, most oral devices, whether they are plastic aligners or metal wires and brackets, can change the way that you speak and the way your mouth feels. Over time, you can expect to become more familiar with the feel of Invisalign aligners and to speak more normally.
You may have some discomfort after an adjustment. Invisalign works by moving your teeth gradually into alignment using a series of mouthpieces that you exchange about every two weeks. The days following an exchange may cause some aching in your teeth as your mouth accommodates the change. Again, this should subside, and the discomfort is not much different from what you could expect with braces (except there are no metal pieces to poke the inside of your mouth or lips).
If you’re interested in the treatment but not yet sure if you want to move forward, schedule an appointment with Dr. Q and her team. They can discuss your questions and address any concerns you may have.
Call Dr. Q today for an appointment: (626) 599-9818.