Do you want a beautiful straight smile, but you are worried about wearing braces for a long time? Technology has come a long way over the years, making it easier than ever for you to get the smile that you desire. Instead of wearing uncomfortable metal braces, you might be considering the benefits of Invisalign.
Before you make the decision, it is best to talk to your dentist about your individual dental needs. There are several factors that need to be examined to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
One reason that you might choose Invisalign instead of traditional braces is to help you maintain normal speech during the treatment process. Some people find it difficult to talk naturally when they are wearing bulky braces on the surface of their teeth. The braces impede the movement of the lips, which has a direct impact on the way you talk.
Another factor to consider is your appearance. If you are worried about being a “metal mouth,” then Invisalign is the right solution for you. Invisalign uses clear aligners that can be removed when you are eating. These aligners help you maintain a beautiful smile while your teeth are being moved into place.
Do you grind your teeth at night when you are asleep? If you clench or grind, then it could potentially cause excess wear and tear on the aligners. As a result, you might accidentally chew a hole through the retainer which has a negative impact on the effectiveness of the treatment.
Some TMJ patients wear a night guard to prevent grinding while they are asleep. This night guard can’t be worn at the same time as you are wearing your Invisalign aligners. So, you should talk to your dentist about the best treatment plan for you.
Consistency is essential for Invisalign to be effective. You can take out the mouth pieces when you are eating a meal or brushing your teeth, but it is important to wear them as much as possible. People who are forgetful might not remember to put the aligners back in after taking them out.
Your dentist can talk to you about strategies to improve the effectiveness of Invisalign. By wearing the aligners most of the day, you can straighten your teeth and create the smile that you have always wanted. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.