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Invisalign Treatment: Friend or Foe?

Invisalign Treatment: Friend or Foe? | www.lakehillsortho.com

Would you love a straighter smile? Do you like the idea of doing braces without “doing braces”? We’ve got you covered.

Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional braces. The treatment method has been around for more than a decade, and it’s quickly growing in popularity among teens and adults. But like any modality of treatment, you and Dr.Charoenkul must weigh the pros and cons when deciding if it’s right for you.

Here’s a closer look at Invisalign and some tips on deciding if it’s the right investment for your healthy smile.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is certainly more aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces, which is a big draw for teens and adults alike. The clear plastic trays are not easily noticed by casual observer, so they can work to correct minor orthodontic issues while going virtually undetected.

But the greatest thing about Invisalign is you can take out the trays whenever you like. You can look and feel your best for special occasions, like senior pictures, graduation or weddings, then simply slip the trays back on after your event.

Maintaining good oral hygiene with less effort is another perk. Because there are no attached brackets, wires or bands involved, eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth is much easier to do. Plus, you can change them every two weeks; just like monthly disposable contacts, you’ll get a brand new set of plastic trays to help keep your mouth healthy and your treatment progressing.

The Downside of Invisalign

Traditional braces allow for more control over each individual tooth, which makes the course of treatment a little more predictable because Dr.Charoenkul can make adjustments to individual teeth at each appointment. Plus, the metal brackets are attached, so you can’t lose them. Even if one breaks off, it will remain attached to the wire. As long as you’re cleaning and maintaining your braces well, the treatment will be efficient and predictable.

On the flip side, choosing Invisalign means you’ll be more responsible for your treatment outcome. You’ll need to be diligent with your treatment everyday, like not losing the trays when you take them out and brushing before putting them back in after meals.

Just like a retainer, you need to wear it them as directed in order for it to work. If you don’t, this will greatly affect the outcome of your treatment and you’ll be less likely to achieve the results you want in the timeframe that you want.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign can do most things, but unlike fixed braces, it can’t do everything. That’s where patient selection comes in – not everyone may qualify as using it for a treatment. Dr.Charoenkul’s experience with Invisalign treatment successes and failures can help guide you with this decision.

Invisalign is a very patient-dependent treatment, so it’s not right for everyone. Deciding on whether it’s right for you comes down to a few criteria – that is, the characteristics that make someone a good candidate.

  • Patients who can responsibly keep their trays clean, keep track of them and take care not to lose them will do well.
  • Age is also important when considering this treatment option. For instance, kids younger than 10 or 11 years old may not necessarily be candidates. Kids ages 12 or older could potentially do well with the Invisalign treatment.
  • For adults, selecting an orthodontic treatment can sometimes come down to a matter of personal choice. Some adults will only choose traditional braces while others will only choose less noticeable modalities of treatment.

Patients with complicated tooth movements, like a cross-bite or who require something surgical, may not be corrected predictably with Invisalign. The good part is that most people will not require surgical cases and a high percentage of orthodontic patients could be eligible for this treatment option. In the end, our most important goal is to help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted, but in a way that meets your esthetic demands and treatment timeframe.

Learn More about Invisalign Treatment

Lake Hills Orthodontics has been helping Invisalign patients smile more confidently for over 10 years. Want to find out if Invisalign is the right treatment for you or your teen? Contact our office to set up your free consultation today.

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