Make the best decision for the health of your smile. Invisalign is a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces. But that doesn't mean it's the best option for all patients or all alignment issues. Before you pursue one course of treatment over another, answer these important questions:
The Invisalign Questions You Need to Ask
What Kind of Issues are You Trying to Treat?
Invisalign has proven itself to be a very versatile and adaptable method of treatment. But it can't effectively correct every kind of alignment issue. It is most effective for treating gaped teeth or crowded teeth, over and underbites, and crossbites. In extreme cases, however, Invisalign may not be able to treat these issues either. In that instance, you will need to rely on traditional braces. Consult with an orthodontist to determine if Invisalign is a viable treatment option for you.
What is Your Current Age?
Invisalign is great for teenagers who can't help but be vain, and adults who want to correct alignment issues while avoiding the stigma of adult braces. The transparent character of Invisalign makes the straighteners nearly invisible to the naked eye. Younger children, however, may not be able to wear Invisalign because their teeth are still growing. Again, an orthodontist can tell you if you or your child is a candidate.
How Committed are You to Treatment?
Invisalign straighteners can be removed from the teeth when you are eating or playing sports. But in order to be effective, they need to be on the teeth for at least 22 hours a day. If you know that you're the type of person to compulsively remove your straightener or forget to put it back in, you may end up compromising your treatment simply because you have the ability to. Traditional braces may be less convenient, but they also force you to commit to the treatment.
What is Your Budget?
The cost of Invisalign has come down a lot in recent years but tends to still be higher than traditional braces. The exact cost of your treatment will depend on the issues you're correcting, but in most cases you will pay less overall by going with wires and brackets. Don't let health care costs put an uncomfortable stress on your budget.
Work with the Alignment Experts at The Happy Tooth
You can do all the research in the world, but you won't know for sure whether or not Invisalign is right for you until you consult with an orthodontist. The team at The Happy Tooth is here to help you find the ideal option for you needs, wants, and budget. Make an appointment at the North Carolina office nearest you.