Written by Mike Khorev
Not medically reviewed by Dr. Erin Stair
Some dental and oral conditions need more specialized treatments to resolve them. This is why dental cosmetology has become more apparent these days.
With the help of science and technology, innovative solutions have now become accessible to many individuals. One of these things is Invisalign, which continues to obtain fame and popularity among patients and experts.
If you are considering getting one, this post may help you know when to resort to this kind of treatment and why it would be the best solution.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that falls under cosmetic dentistry. While it mainly helps improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth, it also resolves various kinds of dental and oral conditions.
In most cases, this treatment is an alternative to traditional braces. In essence, Invisalign and traditional braces resolve the same kinds of dental concerns.
How It Works
Aside from its transparent features, Invisalign is also removable. Unlike traditional braces, users would find this more convenient and reliable to use. Considering that patients may remove them, this allows one to maintain proper dental and oral hygiene without worrying about the wires and brackets.
Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner tray. Users would need to wear them at least 20 hours per day. In short, they are like trainers for your teeth but offer a more efficient treatment.
Who Needs Invisalign?
Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. Hence, you must consult first with your dentist if your oral and dental conditions are Invisalign-treatable.
But, to give you an outlook, here are some of the most common conditions that will need this treatment:
People who have an overbite would notice that their upper jaw overlaps the lower jaw. It is worth noting, though, that overlaps at one to two millimeters are normal. But, anything more than this, it would already be considered as “pronounced.”
Contrary to an overbite, an underbite is when the lower teeth extend outward farther than the upper jaw. You would easily notice this as it creates a “bulldog-like” appearance.
Experts refer to this as Class III malocclusion or prognathism.
A crossbite is a condition when all of the upper teeth fit behind the lower set, especially when the mouth is at rest or closed. Also, the teeth are much closer to either the cheek or tongue than the corresponding teeth in the lower or upper arch.
- Gap Teeth
Gap teeth or diastema is basically the space between each tooth. The condition may become apparent anywhere in your mouth. However, the gaps are more commonly found between the upper front teeth.
Both adults and children may obtain or develop this kind of condition.
- Mixture of Baby and Permanent Teeth
Crowding in mixed dentition, or mixed baby and permanent teeth is another condition that Invisalign resolves. This happens when permanent teeth erupt, over-retaining a set of baby teeth, causing a double row of “shark teeth.”
When Should You Get One?
After knowing what your oral and dental conditions are, and you already know you need Invisalign, the next thing you must know is when to get the treatment.
Here are some points that may help you out:
- You are unhappy with your smile
If you are unhappy or unsatisfied with the way you smile or how it looks, then it is already time to assess the situation, consult your dentist, and get Invisalign.
- You want invisible braces
Many people dislike the idea of getting traditional braces due to the wires and brackets. They also alter your speech and smile, as well as your appearance, during the process.
If you have concerns about this, then Invisalign is the more appropriate option for you.
- You have a poor bite condition
When you learn about your poor or improper bite conditions, these are already a sign that you need Invisalign. Do not prolong the case as this may cause further risks and dangers to your oral and dental health.
- You have an Invisalign-treatable condition
Apart from an improper bite, there are also other conditions that Invisalign resolves. These include crooked teeth and slight misalignments.
Factors You Must Consider
Invisalign treatments are far different from a simple teeth cleaning treatment. Hence, it is important for you to consider all the underlying factors before getting one.
- Before Treatment
Before getting Invisalign treatments, make sure to consult first with your dentist. They will guide you in the process and let you know, as well, of all the options and alternatives that you have to resolve your dental concerns.
It is essential to do thorough research, too. Besides, getting this kind of treatment is not fairly inexpensive.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign needs more care and maintenance. Also, discipline is a must, considering that they are removable.
Regular check-ups and consultations are also essential. Hence, you must understand the overall scope of your responsibilities when getting Invisalign.
Invisalign has continued to increase its fame and popularity these days. Aside from the treatment’s benefits, this also provides reliability and effectiveness that traditional braces could not give.
But, despite this, be sure to know first all of your options. This is why it is important for you to talk to your dentist before anything else.