Invisalign braces are an excellent orthodontic option for those who need braces but don’t want to wear brackets and rubber bands.
Instead of being especially noticeable, Invisalign braces are hardly noticeable at all. In fact, instead of metal wires and colorful rubber bands, these braces are completely clear. They are also comfortable, extremely effective, and easy to wear.
What’s important to note, however, is that not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign braces. To know for sure whether or these orthodontics might work for you, check out the following factors that need to be considered.
Factors That Determine Your Eligibility for Invisalign
These are the three main factors that will impact whether or not you are eligible for Invisalign braces.
• How old you are
Age is definitely a factor when it comes to Invisalign braces. For the most part, the age limit has to do with being older than 16. The reason for this is that first, young people’s teeth are still growing, and using this type of braces can be counterproductive.
Secondly, these braces can be taken out at any time. Unlike traditional braces, which stay on until an orthodontist removes them. Not every 13 or 14-year-old will be eager to tear off their invisible braces, but some may not be mature enough to realize that even if they don’t want to, their braces have to stay on. Again, this is why orthodontists recommend that candidates for this type of braces be at least 16 years old.
• The crookedness of your teeth
Invisalign braces can take care of most alignment and cosmetic problems. In fact, you can use these braces to treat underbites, overbites, cross bites, crowded teeth, and gapped teeth. However, for serious cosmetic issues or misalignment issues, it may be necessary to go with traditional braces. This is a call that your orthodontist will ultimately make.
• Your commitment level
It’s important to realize that you have to wear your braces for at least 22 or 23 hours a day for them to be effective. Some children and young teens may pop them off just because they don’t feel like wearing them. Some adults may even be tempted to avoid wearing their Invisalign trays. After all, braces can sometimes be uncomfortable.
If this is a problem you can anticipate, Invisalign may not be right for you. You have to have a strong commitment level to having better teeth if you want to be a good candidate.
Talk to Your Dentist and Orthodontist
To absolutely know for sure whether Invisalign braces are right for you, you of course need to speak with your dentist and orthodontist first. The best way to go about this is to simply make an appointment with your regular dentist for a checkup, and ask them what they think about Invisalign.
Draper Family Dentistry in San Ramon, CA can help determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign!