Does Invisalign work for everyone?

Invisalign is an ever-increasingly popular choice among teens and adults who want straighter teeth without the inconveniences of traditional braces. With its transparent, removable aligners, Invisalign offers an almost undetectable treatment that doesn’t interfere with patients’ everyday lives. But it’s not right for everyone – read on to find out why.

What can’t Invisalign always correct?

Although Invisalign is a great option for correcting minor to moderate orthodontic issues such as gapped or crowded teeth, there are some situations where its effectiveness may be more limited. These include:

  • Severely rotated or tipped teeth – teeth that are rotated more than 20 degrees from their normal position or teeth that are angled more than 45 degrees from normal may not fully correct with Invisalign treatment. However, we are able to use other brace treatments to finish the correction if needed and this would be included in your treatment fee.
  • Large or severe overbite – if you have a severe overbite or skeletally-based malocclusion you may need a more advanced form of orthodontic treatment if you want the “perfect outcome”. However, many patients can achieve a great result for them using Invisalign. It really depends on what you are trying to correct.
  • Unusual crown shapes – If crowns are unusually short, pegged, or round, they may be difficult to treat with Invisalign aligners. However there are ways to modify the treatment to overall get a great outcome.

Am I a suitable candidate for Invisalign?

Only a qualified orthodontist will be able to tell you which treatment will work best for your teeth, however there are a few questions you can ask yourself in advance of your consultation:

  • What do you want to fix?

Except in severe cases, Invisalign can treat everything you can correct with fixed braces in the right hands. Like any brace system the result of the treatment is down to the dentist or orthodontist not the system. Have a clear idea of what you want to correct so you can discuss this properly. That way the clinician can match your expectations to the most appropriate brace option.

  • How dedicated are you to improving your smile?

Invisalign aligners are removable, so patients need to commit to keeping them in for 22 hours a day. You can’t eat or drink anything other than water with them in, so you need to take into account the inconvenience of that. After treatment it’s important to wear a retainer to help maintain a good tooth position long term.

You can also take Invisalign’s Smile Assessment Test to determine whether you are a good candidate for treatment.

What if I can’t have Invisalign treatment?

Don’t worry! At Exeter Advanced Dentistry, we offer a range of orthodontic treatment to suit all patients, including clear fixed braces and lingual braces.

To find out what type of orthodontic treatment will best suit you, book a consultation with our specialist orthodontist, Ben Buffham. Ben has extensive experience with treating patients of all ages and has been recognised by the General Dental Council as a registered specialist since 2003. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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