Have you ever considered having your teeth straightened by a dental practitioner? If so, do you know all the teeth straightening options available to you – for example, conventional braces, clear braces or Invisalign? And the biggest question of all: Which of these is most likely to work for you?
These days, choosing from among the options for a better smile in the most fully informed way is best done in consultation with a specialist orthodontist.
Specialist orthodontists have three to four years more training than a general dentist and are experts in their chosen field of moving and straightening teeth. A specialist orthodontist can explain how to achieve the smile you have always wanted while obtaining a result that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Importantly, they can advise you on the suitability or does Invisalign work for you, bearing in mind that there are certain tooth movements that Invisalign may struggle to achieve.
Invisalign is a pre-calibrated aligning system that allows a patient to see a virtual plan of how their teeth will be gradually repositioned, from start to finish, before their treatment begins. No such virtual plan exists for conventional braces, and that is one reason why Invisalign is so appealing to many.
Invisalign is also a removable teeth straightening system – unlike braces, which are permanently fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. Invisalign aligners are changed over fortnightly so as to guide the teeth slowly into their new positions.
Fortunately, nine out of ten people are candidates for this treatment – and specialist orthodontists are the best qualified dental practitioners to decide whether you are in this majority.
Once Invisalign treatment has begun, its effectiveness is heavily dependent on patient compliance. If you think you can be sufficiently disciplined to wear your Invisalign aligners 22 hours per day, and only remove them for brushing and eating, then Invisalign will work and indeed be a great system for you.
So the answer to the question “Does Invisalign work for everyone?” is Yes, it certainly works for everyone who:
- is judged by a specialist orthodontist to be a suitable candidate and
- complies with the requirements for its effectiveness.
At Smile Solutions, we are the highest ranking Invisalign provider in Australia, for which we have been granted Blue Diamond status by the manufacturers of the Invisalign system. So you can rest assured that if Invisalign can work for you, we are the dental practice to treat you. And if your particular circumstances mean that Invisalign would not work for you, we will happily offer alternatives for achieving your best smile, the best way.