How do you know if you should consider clear aligners, like Invisalign, or traditional braces for your orthodontic treatment?
In recent years clear aligners have become more popular than bracket and wire braces among both adults and younger patients. They are less visible than traditional braces and the fact that they are removable makes them a very attractive option for many patients.
Clear aligners work the same way as traditional braces, by moving teeth a little bit at a time. The aligners put pressure on the teeth to reposition them with new trays every week or two. The number of trays depends on the needs of the individual patient. However, it is important to know that not everyone is a candidate for clear aligners.
Clear Aligners Can Fix:
- Crooked teeth
- Open Bite
- Crowded Teeth
Requiring Traditional Braces:
Not all orthodontic issues can be solved by clear aligners, any of the following might make you ineligible for the use of clear aligners and you may be required to opt for traditional braces.
- Tooth Shape
- Tooth Position
- Large Gaps
- Intrusion and Extrusion
- Midline Alignment
- Veneers, Crowns, Bridges
It is recommended to keep the clear aligners in place for 22 hours a day, only removing them if you are eating or drinking, cleaning the aligners, or brushing/flossing your teeth.
It is also important to remember that when seeking any type of orthodontic appliance it is important to reach out to a licensed professional. While there are many do-it-yourself options coming onto the market, make sure you are relying on a certified orthodontist to give you your best smile.
They can help you make the best-informed decision based on your individual needs. Make an appointment at Verber Dental to discuss your orthodontic options today.