Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Right For You?

In 2017, dentists prescribed Invisalign to almost 1 million patients. Invisalign is a popular dental treatment for both adults and teens thanks to its discrete design, but is it right for you? Learn more about getting Invisalign clear aligners treatment to see if you should ask your dentist about taking the next steps. 

What dental conditions are treated with Invisalign?

Invisalign treats a wide range of mild and moderate conditions associated with crooked teeth, including:

  • Underbites - bottom teeth extend above front teeth
  • Overbites - top teeth extend over the bottom teeth 
  • Crossbites - top teeth and bottom don't align with the upper teeth fitting inside of the bottom teeth 
  • Open bites - the gap between the top teeth and bottom teeth
  • Tooth gaps - gaps in between teeth 
  • Crowded teeth - too many teeth 

What are the limitations of Invisalign?

Invisalign may not be the best solution for dental patients with severe conditions that require surgery. It also can't reshape teeth. For example, Invisalign won't fix misshapen, small, or chipped teeth. Finally, Invisalign isn't made for young children (although it's suitable for teens with fully developed teeth). Patients should talk to a dentist to get a professional recommendation before assuming they are a good candidate for Invisalign. 

Why should you get Invisalign?

The main advantage of Invisalign is that it straightens teeth in a discrete way. In many cases, people can't see the aligners unless they get up close. You may even be able to hide the aligners in pictures. 

Invisalign is also a reasonably priced option. Invisalign trays generally cost  $3,000 to $8,000 per customer. 

Additionally, it's helpful that Invisalign aligners can be easily removed. While removed, patients can brush their teeth without obstructions. You'll also be able to remove the trays to eat whatever you want, unlike traditional braces that put limits on what the patient can eat. 

Finally, Invisalign trays are comfortable, especially compared to traditional braces made of metal that require regular tightening.

How long will you need to have Invisalign?

Every patient has a unique treatment plan, but most patients only wear Invisalign aligners for 6-12 months. Of course, patients must wear the Invisalign trays as recommended to see the desired results within this time frame. Patients who forget to wear the aligners may need to wear them longer. 

To get started with Invisalign, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will advise you of your options. If you do use Invisalign as part of your treatment plan, your dentist will order the aligners for you. 

For more information on Invisalign clear aligners, contact a professional near you.