You’ve heard about Invisalign. You’ve seen the commercials. Chances are good that you know at least one person who’s undergone the treatment. But how do you know if you’re a good candidate for this revolutionary orthodontic alternative? We present you with signs that Invisalign could be right for you.
1. You used to have braces and they didn’t “take.”
This is often code for, “I didn’t wear my retainer after my orthodontic treatment was over.” And you learned the hard way that not wearing your retainer as instructed is the fast route to your teeth shifting right back to where they used to be.
The good news: When you fall into this category, you may not need a lengthy course of Invisalign. You may be able to complete treatment in six months or less. But you’ll still have to wear a retainer afterward. There is never any escaping that element.
2. You have annoying, repetitive dental problems.
Do you suffer from frequent cavities or gum infections? You probably have teeth that are difficult to clean thoroughly, especially if they’re crooked, overlapped, or crowded. Do you have gum recession or deteriorating tooth enamel? You may suffer from teeth grinding, which can be caused by jaw misalignment.
Straight teeth are healthier teeth. They are simply easier to take care of and work better. As you get older, the last thing you want are repetitive oral health problems. If it’s easy to floss and brush, your smile will be stronger and better-protected from normal wear and tear.
3. You want to fix your teeth without making it obvious.
The makers of Invisalign understand that adults have more important things to worry about than sporting a face full of brackets and wires. Invisalign is the most discreet way to straighten your teeth. The trays are clear, slim, and fit snugly against the teeth so they are hardly noticeable. Once you get used to wearing them, you’ll barely notice them either. Just make sure you take them out to eat and clean them properly to avoid stains, discoloration, or odors.
4. You don’t want more responsibility.
Invisalign is a treatment that requires dedication and attention, but it isn’t overly demanding. You only need to see your dentist every six to eight weeks for a check-up and to collect your next sets of trays. In between that time, you’re on your own – changing out your trays for new ones every two weeks. Other than that, your responsibility is to clean your trays, not break them, and take them out before eating. Those are rules that any busy adult can get behind.
5. You want to feel better about yourself.
Aging affects everyone differently. For some people, the condition of their teeth is the biggest drain on their confidence. Through the magic of Invisalign, you can get a smile makeover without feeling worse about yourself in the process. Invisalign improves your self-esteem and confidence almost immediately – within a few weeks, you start to see changes and that’s amazing and motivating.
Once you’re used to the feeling of wearing Invisalign and all the quirks that come with it, how you feel about yourself will naturally improve. And the team at Chester Hill Dentistry is honored to be part of that transformation. Contact our dental office in Rye, NY, to schedule a consultation and find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.