Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Posted on 12/11/2017

Many people who could benefit from orthodontic treatment would like to be treated with Invisalign clear aligners because of all the benefits this teeth-straightening method offers. But as much as our Ozark orthodontist would like to provide Invisalign treatment to anyone who wants it, that’s not an option because Invisalign simply isn’t right for everyone.

If you’re interested in our Invisalign treatment, the only way to find out for sure if you can choose this treatment method is to set up a consultation with Dr. Howell for an examination. In the meantime, here’s some information that can help you determine if you make a good candidate for this very popular and convenient way to improve your smile. 

Types of Problems Invisalign Can Treat

Invisalign is an effective treatment option for some orthodontic issues including:

  • Misaligned teeth: Teeth that are not properly aligned or crooked.
  • Gapped teeth: Visible gaps or spaces between teeth.
  • Overbite: When the top teeth protrude too far out over the lower teeth.
  • Underbite: When the bottom teeth protrude too far out over the upper teeth.
  • Crossbite: When the upper and lower teeth fail to meet correctly when the mouth is closed.

Generally speaking, Invisalign can treat these problems if they’re not too severe. 

Your Age is a Factor

Invisalign is designed for adults and teenagers whose teeth and jaws are done growing and developing. Because young teeth and jaws are still growing and developing, Invisalign is not a good option for children.

Our practice offers regular Invisalign to our adult patients and Ozark Invisalign Teen to our teenage patients. While the two treatments work the same, Invisalign Teen aligners have tiny blue dots on them that gradually fade away as the aligners are worn. These “wear indicators” are there to tell the teen when it’s time to switch aligners. There are also special “eruption tabs” built into the Invisalign Teen aligners that hold space open for any adult teeth have not fully emerged through the gums. Invisalign Teen also comes with extra aligners in case one is lost or broken! Giving parents peace of mind if their child ever loses or breaks one during treatment. 

Patient Compliance is “A Must”

Before you ask your Dothan orthodontist to treat you with Invisalign, you must be 100% sure that you’ll wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day, including overnight while you’re asleep. Consistently earing your aligners is vital because Invisalign treatment can only be successful if the aligners are worn all the time except when you eat, drink and when cleaning your teeth. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Whether you’re looking for treatment with Invisalign in Eufaula or Ozark, AL, Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists is always nearby to help! We have three convenient office locations to serve you better! To find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, please request an appointment with us today so Dr. Howell can provide you with a thorough exam. We love meeting new patients and are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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