Am I a Candidate for Invisalign? Pros and Cons
Dental patients are often surprised to learn that there are alternatives to metal braces, but the fact is, clear braces have been available for a few decades, and can work to correct most of the same bite issues as metal braces. Invisalign clear braces will work on all but the most severe malocclusions, so it is a safe bet that if you would benefit from metal braces, then you are probably also a good candidate for Invisalign.
What Is the Difference?
As you could probably tell from the name, the main difference between Invisalign and metal braces is that Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible. This makes them ideal for anyone who is concerned about their appearance. A self-conscious teen, for instance, is a great candidate for Invisalign over metal braces.
Another difference between metal braces and Invisalign is that with Invisalign, you do not have to worry about painful tightenings. This is because once the impressions are made of your teeth, your entire set of Invisalign clear aligners is made, and all you have to do is change them at home. There are no bands and wires that require tightening. This also means fewer visits to your Lake Oswego dentist, so if you do not have a lot of time to spend sitting in a dentist’s chair, you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
One huge benefit of Invisalign over metal braces is that you can take them out at mealtime, and for cleaning. So, you can eat whatever pleases you, and then brush and floss more effectively than you would be able to with metal braces. If you do not want to have to forego chewy or sticky foods over the course of your treatment, you are a candidate for Invisalign.
Finally, Invisalign treatments are typically completed in less time than treatments using metal braces – usually in about a year, as opposed to two or more. So, if you want to get a better bite or straighter teeth quickly, then you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
Contact Our Invisalign Specialist in Lake Oswego
If you have bite issues or crooked teeth, and think that you might be a good candidate for Invisalign, contact Dental Arts & Wellness in Lake Oswego, OR. You can reach us at 503-603-0700, and we will be happy to arrange for you to meet with Dr. Manami Yamaguchi to discuss your options.