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How to Determine If Invisalign Is Right for You

November 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — newtownteam @ 7:36 pm
woman putting in Invisalign clear aligners

If you have crooked teeth, odds are you’ve heard about Invisalign in Newtown – the fairly new craze that’s sweeping the dental world. These clear plastic aligners straighten your teeth much more comfortably, subtly, and quickly than traditional metal braces. This is why people all over the world are absolutely loving this treatment. However, as perfect as it sounds, it’s not right for everyone. How can you determine whether Invisalign is right for you? Ultimately, only your dentist can answer that question, but there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand.

What Do You Want to Fix and How Severe Is It?

There’s a reason this is the first question you should consider. Invisalign can only fix so much, so if you have a severe alignment issue, like a very large overbite, you might have to get traditional metal braces to correct the problem. Invisalign can, however, fix issues such as:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

If your case is too severe for Invisalign, you might instead benefit from traditional braces or tooth-colored braces, if you want them to be less noticeable. Ask your dentist about your options.

How Old Are You?

For older teenagers and adults, Invisalign is nearly perfect. It allows them to correct their smile imperfections without being seen. It may not be recommended for children and young teenagers, though, as their smiles are still growing and developing.

Older teens and adults enjoy the transparency of Invisalign. Being a teenager is already hard enough without having to worry about the awkwardness of metal braces. Adults don’t want to feel like a dorky teenager again, so Invisalign offers the perfect alternative.

How Dedicated Are You to Fixing Your Smile?

Just because Invisalign treatment is relatively easy doesn’t mean it requires no effort on your part. In fact, it necessitates even more effort than braces, since your aligners are removable. That means you’re going to have to remember to wear them for at least 20 hours a day. Basically, you’ll only take them out to eat and drink, and then brush and floss afterwards.

After you wear traditional braces, you’re instructed to wear a retainer to make sure your teeth don’t shift back to their original state. Plenty of patients don’t do so, however, so their teeth shift back. Invisalign works in the same way. If you don’t wear it as prescribed by your dentist, you won’t get the results you want.

Only your dentist can make the final call on whether Invisalign in Newtown is right for you. But, before that visit, ask yourself these three questions. They may be able to tip you off to the answer ahead of time.

About the Practice

At the Dentists of Newtown, we have two convenient locations in Newtown, PA. We also have a variety of services at your disposal because of our myriad of dentists with a variety of skills and areas of expertise, including certified Invisalign providers. If you are interested in seeking Invisalign treatment, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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