Am I a Candidate for Invisalign®?

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign®?

Invisalign® revolutionized the world of orthodontics and has straightened more than 12 million smiles since it hit the scene in 1997. But for many, it still seems like the new kid on the block. If you’re intrigued by this “new” treatment but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, you’ve come to the right place.

Here, our team of experts at LM Orthodontics in McLean, Virginia, explains all you need to know to help you decide whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. 

My teeth are crooked — what are my choices?

When you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, these problems can lead to even bigger problems down the road, such as tooth fractures, decay, gum disease, jaw pain, headaches, and even digestive issues. Getting your teeth fixed isn’t the question, but which treatment is right is. 

At LM Orthodontics, you have several choices, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. We offer:

Each of these highly effective treatments comes with pros and cons, so the choice is largely up to you. However, depending on the nature of your misalignment and a few other factors, one of them might be a better fit for you, and we help you navigate your options.

Reasons to consider Invisalign

The main reason most people gravitate toward Invisalign is…well…clear. Given the choice between visible metal braces and clear plastic trays, most people would opt for the more discreet look. But there’s more to Invisalign than its see-through advantage.

Invisalign is removable

Traditional braces are attached to your teeth for the duration of your treatment, which may be as long as two years. During that time, many foods and drinks are off-limits — popcorn, sticky candy, gum, soda, corn on the cob, and more.

But Invisalign pops out at mealtime, so you can enjoy all your favorite foods.

Invisalign is easier to clean

Here again, the removability of Invisalign has an advantage over braces, which require special brushing and flossing techniques to clear away food and bacteria in the brackets and wires. 

With Invisalign, you just take the trays out, brush your teeth and clean the trays, then snap them back on.

Invisalign is more comfortable

Both braces and Invisalign shift your teeth, which can feel a little uncomfortable at times, but braces also have a tendency to irritate the soft tissues in your mouth — gums, tongue, and cheeks. 

Invisalign’s smooth plastic allows your cheeks and tongue to glide over the trays without poking or rubbing. And because we use the iTero® 3D digital scanning system to get the exact layout of your mouth, your Invisalign trays fit your mouth precisely.

Are you a good candidate for Invisalign?

If these benefits sound good, the next step is to find out if Invisalign is right for you, and if you’re right for Invisalign. 

You’re a good candidate for Invisalign if you:

You’re not a good candidate for Invisalign if you:

To get our expert evaluation and guidance, schedule an appointment by calling our friendly staff or booking a consultation using our online scheduling tool today. 

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