If you are one of the nearly 45% of Americans who think their teeth are crooked, spaced strangely, or have bite problems, there are solutions. One of the solutions an increasing number of adults are trying is Invisalign. If you are thinking about trying Invisalign, here are some facts you need to know before you visit the dentist.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a way to correct minor bite issues, tooth spacing, and placement without resorting to wearing braces. Invisalign is a set of clear plastic aligners. They are custom-made for each patient, from a model of their teeth. Usually, patients wear Invisalign for around 18 months.
Who Might Qualify for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a great way to fix your smile, but it is not for everyone. First, if you have a few teeth that are poorly spaced or crooked, Invisalign might be perfect for you. Rather than straightening and correcting all of your teeth at the same time, Invisalign corrects one or two teeth at a time. Your condition is perfect for Invisalign.
If you have a small overbite (where your top teeth come down too far over your bottom teeth) or an underbite (where your top teeth sit behind your bottom teeth when you bite down), Invisalign may be able to fix your bite issues.
However, if you have a crossbite, Invisalign may not be for you. That’s because crossbites mean your jaws do not fit together correctly. Usually, you will need braces to fix your crossbite.
How Will I Know if I Qualify for Invisalign?
The only way you will know for sure if you can use Invisalign to correct your teeth is to schedule a consultation with a dentist. The dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate through your x-rays and imaging of your mouth. If you do qualify, you will be smiling beautifully in no time!