Why Invisalign® Might Be Right for You

Why Invisalign® Might Be Right for You

When it’s clear that your teeth need to be straightened, but it’s not clear which treatment is best for you, it’s time to gather as much information as you can about all your options.

If that’s what brought you here today, we’d like to help. Dr. Benjamin Wang, our skilled and experienced dental expert at Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, understands that our new and existing patients have many questions about teeth-straightening systems. 

If you’re looking into Invisalign® to find out if it’s right for you, check out this overview to help you decide.

What Invisalign can and can’t do

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a teeth-straightening treatment is the problem you’re trying to correct.

Invisalign can fix these problems

Most minor malocclusions can benefit from the Invisalign system, which uses a series of clear plastic trays that snap over your teeth and gradually move them into new positions. You might be a good candidate for Invisalign if you have any of the following issues:

Keep in mind that if you choose Invisalign, you’ll need to wear them at least 22 hours every day, removing them only to eat, drink, and brush your teeth.

Invisalign can’t fix these problems

While Invisalign is highly effective for many problems, it’s not the best choice for severe issues, such as a twisted tooth that needs to be rotated significantly or for closing large gaps. It’s also not recommended if your teeth need to be raised or lowered within your jaw.

Age matters

The best time to begin any orthodontic treatment depends on the nature of your malocclusion and the development stage of your teeth. Most children shouldn’t undergo straightening treatments until they’re about 7-9 years old, and even then, not all crooked teeth should be addressed so early. 

Dr. Wang examines your child’s teeth and views diagnostic X-rays to determine their unique needs. Sometimes early treatment can prevent bigger problems down the road, and sometimes it’s better to simply monitor the development.

But kids aren’t the only ones who need help with crooked teeth. More and more adults are opting for treatments, especially now that they have a less noticeable choice in Invisalign. 

Consider your lifestyle

Invisalign is a great way to shift your teeth without dealing with metal braces, but it takes a little effort on your part. As we mentioned, you need to keep Invisalign snapped into place over your teeth for most of the day. If you wear them fewer than 22 hours, your treatment will be less effective and take longer.

Also, because the Invisalign trays are removable, they are susceptible to loss and damage, and they need to be cleaned properly every day, so the wearer must be responsible and conscientious. 

Any child, teen, or adult who is mentally and physically able to comply with these simple rules may be a good candidate for invisalign. 

Appearance is important

Appearance matters to most people, and for some, the thought of sporting metal braces for a year or two is a deal-breaker. Invisalign’s discreet look is one of its most attractive features — Teens have one less thing to make them self-conscious, and adults don’t have to feel like a teenager. 

Some of our patients have jobs that put them in the public eye, and can’t wear traditional metal braces while maintaining their image. In this case, Invisalign offers a clear alternative.

If, after reading this, you feel that Invisalign is right for you, or if you have more questions, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wang to find out if you’re a good candidate. Call us or book an appointment online today. 

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