When Should You Consider Invisalign?

When Should You Consider Invisalign?

Maybe you had braces as a kid, but your teeth shifted over time and you see the results when you look in the mirror. Or maybe you’re a teenager or adult and your teeth need to be straightened, but you can’t stand the thought of a mouth full of bulky metal for two years.

Whatever your situation may be, the Invisalign® system, which uses clear aligners, might be the perfect solution for you. Howard Spector, DDS, and the talented team at Millennium Park Orthodontics offer Invisalign to teens and adults who want a dazzling smile but don’t want traditional braces.

What is Invisalign?

Instead of traditional braces, which use wires and brackets, the Invisalign system uses flexible, clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. Most people won’t even know you’re wearing the aligners, and you can remove them while you eat, brush your teeth, and for special occasions.

To get your aligners, Dr. Spector first makes a digital scan of your mouth. The scan allows Dr. Spector to see where your teeth are so he can map out how to best move them to their ideal positions.

Then your series of aligners is made. Once Dr. Spector gives them to you, he tells you how often to switch out one set of aligners for the next set in the series. Generally, it’s every week or two. Each new set of aligners then gradually moves your teeth until they’re straight and uniform. The entire treatment usually takes 12-18 months.

Which issues can Invisalign treat?

Most orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign. Some of the conditions Invisalign can treat include the following:

If you have severe orthodontic issues, then braces or other techniques might be more effective. No matter your condition, Dr. Spector will examine your teeth and discuss your options.

Who are good candidates?

Invisalign works well for teenagers and adults whose jaws have stopped growing and developing. If your mouth is still changing, Invisalign won’t be as effective.

Another major factor is having the discipline to where your aligners for the time prescribed. In order for the treatment to be effective, patients usually need to wear their aligners for a minimum of 22 hours every day. Wearing them for less than this might hinder your progress and make your treatment last longer.

You’ll also need to be vigilant about replacing your aligners as directed. As mentioned earlier, most patients need to switch out one set for another every week or two. So, in summary, if your mouth has stopped growing, you're disciplined about wearing your aligners, and your orthodontic issue can be corrected with Invisalign, then Invisalign could be the option for you.

To learn more about the Invisalign system and to see if it could help you, book an appointment over the phone with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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