When you have your preventative dental routine down and you flawlessly brush and floss twice per day and faithfully attend your six month dental check up, cosmetic dentistry is a natural choice. Your teeth are healthy and in good condition, free of cavities and gingivitis, so this is a great opportunity to take advantage of Invisalign. If you’re curious about Invisalign as a cosmetic dentistry option but don’t know if it’s right for you, this article will address questions you may have and touch on what an Invisalign candidate looks like!
How is Invisalign a cosmetic dentistry procedure?
Invisalign falls under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella because it is more aesthetic than medically necessary. While straightening your teeth will make flossing the nooks and crannies of your teeth easier and less debris will get caught, at the end of the day, it doesn’t affect the structure of your mouth. You are still able to speak and chew your food even with crooked or gapped teeth.
Is there a difference between Invisalign and orthodontics?
Invisalign is purely cosmetic dentistry implemented to straighten teeth, while orthodontics focuses on the misalignment of teeth and jaws. While Invisalign may address misalignment, it cannot tackle more advanced oral health issues such as TMJ, speech impairments, chronic headaches, or sinus and throat pain — mechanical issues are best suited for an orthodontist.
What are signs and considerations that I may be a candidate for Invisalign?
Making the decision to straighten and correct your smile is a personal one. Perhaps your parents didn’t want to pay for braces when you were younger or maybe they did, and you didn’t wear your retainer and with age, your teeth went right back to their original positions!
The great news is Invisalign is a wonderful option for those who don’t want to wear braces and are looking for a relatively quick reprieve from an uneven smile. And, Invisalign is invisible!
Consider these factors when making your choosing to get Invisalign:
- Age – How old are you? Are you over 18 or have you lost all your baby teeth and have your second molars erupted? When all of your permanent teeth are in, it is a major qualification for Invisalign candidates.
- Expectations – Invisalign, again, is cosmetic and cannot address things that traditional braces can. So, if you have nagging jaw pain you may want to explore a different route. If your teeth are uneven or gapped, Invisalign is an excellent option.
- Responsibility – Unlike braces, Invisalign allows convenience in that you’re able to remove the aligners. This provides flexibility but also an opportunity for them to get lost or thrown away! If this may cause an issue, braces may be a better option. Cleaning your aligners is also crucial in having Invisalign. This is usually done morning and night paralleling your dental health routine.
- Cost – The cost of cosmetic dentistry is always a factor for people, and Invisalign tends to be more expensive than braces. While each person’s needs vary, consider what needs to be addressed because sometimes Invisalign is more cost effective.
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