Posted by Dr. Julie Boudreault On 5-11-2020
Invisalign has changed the way people look at braces. When they arrived on the scene, they became the orthodontic treatment of choice thanks to their ease of use, but more importantly, the fact they are nearly invisible.
Innovation in Invisalign technology has made them an attractive choice for patients of all ages. They are now even more affordable than when they first came out, making them the number one choice for those looking to improve their smile.
While the demand for invisible teeth straightening treatment is always high, many factors define whether Invisalign braces are right for you. Here we look at Invisalign and who qualifies for treatment. (Spoiler: Anyone can do Invisalign treatment!)
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of braces designed to straighten teeth. They use the same premise as traditional metal braces, slowly easing teeth into the ideal position. However, instead of using metal brackets and wires, the Invisalign braces use a series of removable, clear aligners.
You change your aligners every two weeks; instead of going to the orthodontist for adjustments, as you would with traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are also removable, allowing you to eat and brush your teeth more easily.
How does Invisalign compare to traditional braces?
Both are designed to straighten your teeth. However, there are two significant differences between them.
Braces consist of metal brackets, wires and rubber bands. They are designed to be worn 24/7, which can be an inconvenience when eating certain foods.
Invisible braces are almost invisible and give you much more flexibility as they only need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, giving you the option to remove them when eating, brushing and flossing.
Who can use Invisalign?
A variety of factors are considered when assessing if you need Invisalign treatment, such as how crooked, crowded or gapped your teeth may be. But, you will be happy to know that anyone can do Invisalign treatment!
Previously, Invisalign was only recommended for minor or cosmetic cases, like if a few teeth needed to be shifted. As Invisalign has improved and innovated its technology over recent years, more and more people can use them. Invisalign is now much more advanced and can treat severe cases.
How committed are you?
Your dentist will create a tailored treatment plan based on your unique needs, ensuring you get the best results from Invisalign. You must be committed to following this plan and wear the aligners for the prescribed amount of time per day to ensure that you see the desired results.
As discussed above, you can take out your aligners when eating and drinking, for example, once you remember to put them back in. We recommend brushing your teeth carefully before you pop them back in.
Your dentist will also schedule checkups every six to eight weeks to check your progress, and you will collect your next set of aligners.
How much time do you have?
As mentioned, Invisalign doesn’t require ongoing dental appointments. This works well for people with busy schedules such as students who have school, tests, extracurricular activities, social engagements, and adults who might have to balance managing kids and their work.
Do you want quicker results?
If you’re looking for fast results, you’ll be glad to know that Invisalign treatment displays results much faster than traditional braces. While the average treatment for conventional braces takes about two years, Invisalign takes 6 to 18 months. It all depends on how complicated your case is and how well you stick to wearing them and switching to the new aligners.
Have your permanent teeth erupted?
Invisalign is usually the preferred choice for kids, thanks to their near-invisibility. But this treatment won’t work if you still have baby teeth or your second molars haven’t erupted yet. In most cases, Invisalign is suited for teenagers and adults who have advanced development of their teeth.
Do you have the budget for braces?
Traditional braces can be costly and inconvenient. Fortunately, Invisalign is much more affordable, and many insurance companies have Invisalign in their dental coverage plans.
What are the pros and cons of Invisalign?
If you qualify for Invisalign, you also have to consider the pros and cons of this treatment.
- They are often more comfortable than traditional braces
- They are more attractive
- You don’t require uncomfortable tightening and adjustments of the wire, which can often be uncomfortable
- You can remove them to eat and brush your teeth, and on rare special occasions
- It can be challenging to keep them in for 22 hours per day
- Some people feel pressure when new aligners are first worn
- Some patients find it troublesome to have to remove them to eat, brush and floss
Like any dental treatment, our team will consider your needs and lifestyle before making a recommendation for Invisalign. Your ability to remain compliant with the scheduled 22 hours and switch them up every few weeks is critical if you want the best results. If you can make this commitment and your teeth can be corrected with Invisalign, you are sure to be satisfied with your results.