If you’ve been on the fence about getting Invisalign then here’s your sign. Discomfort and embarrassment from traditional braces are common fears that keep people from getting the smile they deserve. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth confidently without the hassle of metal braces.
You might be ready for Invisalign if:
- You have crowded teeth or bite issues
- Your dental alignment issues are mild to moderate
- You’ve stopped wearing your retainer
- You want to fix your smile discreetly
- You want to fix your smile comfortably
- You’re adaptable
- You want an easier way to brush and floss
Even though these are common indicators for needing Invisalign, Dr. Mullins and Dr. Owen will evaluate your mouth and determine if it’s the best choice for you.
1. You Have Crowded Teeth or Bite Issues
If you’re interested in Invisalign then you’re probably dealing with at least one of three dental problems — dental crowding, bite issues (malocclusion), or gaps between your teeth. Crowded teeth can happen for a number of reasons, including genetics.
Problems with your bite (malocclusion) can manifest in different ways, including:
- Open bite
Also known as a deep bite, an overbite occurs when your upper jaw sticks out further than your bottom jaw. An underbite is the opposite, where your lower jaw extends further than your upper jaw. Open bites are when all of your top or bottom teeth don’t touch when you close your mouth. Finally, crossbites happen when your upper teeth fit inside your lower teeth or vice versa.
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2. Your Dental Alignment Issues Are Mild To Moderate
It’s important to know that not everyone will qualify for Invisalign. They’re ideal for fixing mild to moderate dental issues, but they aren’t designed for more severe problems. In this case, metal braces are better suited for your needs. Fortunately, we can still provide you with traditional braces for these more complex alignment problems.
3. You’ve Stopped Wearing Your Retainer
It’s easy to fall out of a habit, especially if you’ve forgotten why you developed it in the first place. Having braces as a child or teenager is the perfect example of this. As you’ve grown used to having straight teeth, you may have forgotten why you went through all of the trouble with braces in the first place.
This can cause you to grow lax in wearing your retainer. Your teeth are always moving and will try to move back to their original position. As you wear your retainer less, you may notice your teeth becoming misaligned again. You want to have straight teeth, but you also don’t want to get braces again.
Invisalign is the perfect solution if you don’t want to wear metal braces again. They also may require less time if you get them early enough. This means spending less time worrying about your teeth moving out of alignment and more time showing off your perfect smile.
4. You Want To Fix Your Smile Discreetly
Teens and adults alike don’t enjoy the idea of having to wear braces. They can be bulky, and the metal they use can draw unwanted attention. What you want is a way to improve your smile with as few people noticing as possible.
That’s where Invisalign comes in. They use clear plastic trays that don’t draw the wrong kind of attention, allowing you to smile confidently while you straighten your teeth. They can even be removed for short periods if necessary, giving you the freedom to take them out if the situation requires it.
Invisalign does still require some attachments. However, they are much more discreet than traditional braces and won’t attract unwanted attention.
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5. You Want To Fix Your Smile Comfortably
Traditional braces are known for requiring tightening to readjust your teeth. While this pressure is necessary for moving your teeth into the correct position, it’s not always the most comfortable experience. Even the thought of it can make people abandon getting straighter teeth altogether.
Invisalign aligners apply pressure just like metal braces but require much less in order to realign your teeth. This means that you can get straighter teeth without having to “get used to” the discomfort that comes along with traditional braces.
6. You’re Adaptable
One thing to think about when considering Invisalign is your daily routine. You’ll need to wear your aligner trays 22 out of the 24 hours of the day, leaving only a couple of hours where you can take them out. This may not seem like a big deal, but it actually requires a good bit of planning. After all, you can’t eat with them in and you’ll also have to take them out to brush and floss.
It’s important to understand that you’ll have to adjust your schedule so you can eat and perform your oral care routines. What used to be a no-brainer will now require some planning, including brushing before putting the aligner trays back in. Talk to your dentist about all of the changes you can expect in order to get the most out of Invisalign.
7. You Want An Easier Way To Brush and Floss
Invisalign does come with some responsibilities, such as planning when to eat and seeing your dentist more often. However, they’re not nearly as demanding as metal braces. Traditional braces require meticulous brushing and flossing.
Alternatively, Invisalign’s clear aligners can be taken out easily, allowing you to brush and floss as normal. You also don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods that you love. All that’s required is regular brushing and flossing. To clean your aligners, use soap, water, a soft bristle toothbrush.
Are you ready to make the jump to Invisalign? Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
It’s time for Invisalign if you’re ready to fix your crowded teeth or bite problems. They’re perfect for mild to moderate dental issues, though more serious problems will require metal braces. These clear aligner trays are perfect if you’ve worn braces in the past but don’t want to wear them again. They help you fix your smile discreetly without the need for metal or significant discomfort. You’ll need to adjust your schedule a bit for them, but they’re still perfect if you don’t want to go through the hassle of brushing and flossing with braces.
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