Is Invisalign® Right for Me?
By Stephen Rogers on February 12, 2014
Teeth that are misaligned or poorly spaced can cause a number of problems for patients. The appearance of the smile is greatly impacted by teeth that are crooked, gapped, or overcrowded. Additionally, patients with alignment problems are more likely to suffer from other oral health problems. Teeth that are misaligned are often harder to clean, making it easier for bacteria to build up and cause decay. Crooked teeth may also not bear the pressure of chewing and eating as well and are, therefore, more vulnerable to structural damage. Orthodontic care is an excellent solution for patients who suffer from this condition. At Greater Long Island Dental, Invisalign® invisible braces are one of our most popular orthodontic treatments. Our cosmetic dentists can determine if our Long Island patients are good Invisalign® candidates.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a highly effective orthodontic treatment. Most patients who are good candidates for traditional orthodontic treatment are also ideal candidates for Invisalign® invisible braces. Invisalign® uses a series of nearly invisible aligner trays that put subtle force on the teeth in order to gradually shift them into proper position. The force of these aligner trays can correct a wide range of orthodontic problems, including the following:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Twisted or turned teeth
- Crooked teeth
- An overbite or underbite
Invisalign® can correct the above problems in roughly the same amount of time that is required for traditional orthodontic treatment. Because Invisalign® is comparable to traditional orthodontic in treatment time and cost, and because most orthodontic problems can be corrected with Invisalign® treatment, the question of whether Invisalign® is right for a patient largely comes down to preference. Ideal candidates for Invisalign® invisible braces are those who would like to experience the following benefits of Invisalign® treatment:
- Greater comfort: Invisalign® aligner trays fit closely against the teeth, are free of brackets and wires, and have a smooth finish. This is a comfortable alternative to braces and eliminates the risks of scrapes or cuts on the tongue, gums, or lips.
- Greater convenience: Invisalign® aligners can be removed when the patient is eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing the teeth. This offers patients a convenience that is unique to this orthodontic treatment.
- Fewer restrictions: Because the aligners are removed for eating, there are no food restrictions for patients under the care of Invisalign® treatment. There is no fear that a hard or sticky food will get stuck or damage the aligners.
- Greater discretion: The plastic aligners used in Invisalign® treatment are clean and virtually undetectable. Most people will not even notice that aligners are being worn. This helps patients feel confident laughing, talking, and smiling at others, knowing that the smile is not being negatively affected by Invisalign® treatment.
For all of these reasons, Invisalign® treatment is a great solution for patients who wish to correct orthodontic problems without undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
If your smile is flawed by alignment problems, there is a good chance that you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign® treatment. To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign®, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists at Greater Long Island Dental. We look forward to hearing from you!
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