Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening solution that helps improve the smile discreetly. The solution involves the use of invisible aligners that come in customized trays. People wear the trays for one to two-week periods before switching to a new tray. 


They fit to adjust the teeth until the achievement of the desired bite position. Adults who want to get their teeth aligned without resorting to traditional braces can benefit from Invisalign. Find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign. 



How Invisalign Works



Invisalign clear aligners can help restore your smile. Dental specialists use advanced technology to design a series of aligners customized for the patient’s mouth. When used correctly, the aligners move the teeth slowly to the proper position. 


One wears each set of the Invisalign aligners for about two weeks. They wear them throughout and remove them only when eating and cleaning the teeth. For optimum results, the aligners remain on the teeth for at least 22 hours a day. On average, treatment lasts about 12 to 15 months.



Candidates for Invisalign



Invisalign treatment is easy and convenient, but it is not for everyone. Being a good candidate for clear aligners depends on some factors. The factors include age, the severity of the condition, and the presence of other oral issues. 


Good candidates are adults who have a mild or moderate misalignment issue. Children do not make good candidates because the jawbone is still developing. People who wore braces in the past and failed to wear retainers can correct minor issues with Invisalign. 



Mild to Moderate Malocclusion



People who have mild to moderate misalignment can get Invisalign treatment. The treatment helps adjust several teeth at a time. It is possible to treat a mild crossbite, underbite, or overbite using Invisalign. For more severe malocclusion, conventional braces are necessary. 


The traditional braces apply more pressure to teeth that require serious correction. Patients who require severe jaw correction will need traditional braces.



When to Use Invisalign 



Invisalign can resolve different orthodontic issues. Common conditions treated with the aligners include crooked teeth, crowded teeth, teeth gaps, and protruding teeth. They resolve overbites, underbites, and crossbites. 


The dental specialist will examine your teeth to determine if you can benefit from Invisalign. Some patients require other approaches to deal with their dental concerns.



Gum Disease or Cavities



If you have oral health concerns, the dentist will recommend treating them before getting Invisalign treatment. Dentists will deal with issues in the mouth before declaring them a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment. 


A comprehensive dental exam will include a medical history and other tests. After the exam, the dentist can recommend the best treatment to improve your smile. The cost of Invisalign usually varies on a case-to-case basis. It will depend on the extent of the misalignment and other conditions. If you can commit to wearing the aligners as instructed, you can benefit from Invisalign. 


To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, visit Reaves Dental at our office in New Hartford, New York. You can call (315) 736-0139 today to schedule an appointment.

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