Are You the Ideal Patient for Invisalign?

Ideal Patient for Invisalign

Today, let’s talk about what makes someone a great match for Invisalign treatment. 

We can confidently say that Invisalign is one of our most in-demand treatments at Corner House Dental. However, it’s not just us – with over 14 million happy clients worldwide, including more than 2 million teenagers, it’s evident that Invisalign has become a highly sought-after dental treatment that’s raved about by both adults and teenagers alike.

But, what is it? Invisalign is a gentle and versatile orthodontic treatment for those wishing for a straighter smile in as little as one to two years. This revolutionary straightening system involves wearing a series of invisible and removable aligners for 22 hours a day, for a prescribed period, until your teeth reach their desired position. 

Though Invisalign is versatile, there are still specific requirements that you must meet before considering this treatment. Therefore, if you’re curious whether it’s the right choice for you, keep reading this blog post to determine if you’re a suitable candidate.

Who Might Invisalign Treatment Appeal To?

Invisalign is a fantastic treatment that appeals to a wide range of patients. It’s wonderful for teenagers who want a more aesthetic alternative to conventional braces with its sleek and subtle design. But this treatment really shines for adults who may not have had access to orthodontic treatment when they were younger and would now like to straighten their teeth discreetly. 

As we age, we often become more conscious of our appearance. It’s not just about presenting a professional image at work; we also want to feel confident in the dating scene and our daily lives. We get it – metal braces can make you feel like you’re back in school, and that’s not the impression most of us want to give off. That’s why we understand perfectly when some of our patients ask for more discreet orthodontic options.

In fact, we’ve noticed a considerable uplift in patients requesting Invisalign and facial rejuvenation treatments due to the “zoom boom” that emerged during the pandemic. Many people want to put their best face forward on virtual meetings and social media platforms, and we’re committed to helping our patients enhance their natural beauty and achieve a dazzling, confident smile that will leave a lasting impression.

So no matter your circumstances, Invisalign is the ideal solution for anyone seeking a discreet and minimally invasive way to straighten their teeth that doesn’t impede too much on their lifestyle.

Who Makes the Ideal Patient for Invisalign?

Now you know more about this treatment and who it may appeal to, let’s talk about who makes the ideal patient for Invisalign. 

First things first, Invisalign is a suitable option for most adults and teenagers with fully developed teeth and jaws. Each person’s mouth develops at a different pace, and there isn’t a set age that determines when it’s best to start Invisalign. Generally, teenagers with all their permanent teeth and adults with healthy teeth and gums are good candidates. It’s essential to time the treatment correctly because starting too soon before your mouth fully develops could cause permanent damage and complicate the results.

As dentists, we’re more inclined to recommend Invisalign to patients who have already demonstrated a commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene. After all, Invisalign requires significant upkeep, including cleaning the aligners twice daily and diligently brushing and flossing your teeth. If you’re already taking excellent care of your teeth, you’re off to a great start! 

It’s also important to note that you must remove your aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water, and you should brush and floss your teeth after meals before putting your aligners back on. These aligners sit close to the surface of your teeth, where bacteria can accumulate, causing stains, enamel erosion and bad breath if not cleaned properly. That’s why good dental hygiene is absolutely essential when it comes to Invisalign treatment.

Furthermore, Invisalign treatment demands a significant amount of commitment and compliance. To achieve the desired outcome, you must wear your aligners for 22 hours a day. We understand that this is a significant undertaking, so we’ll always take the time to discuss what’s involved in achieving successful results. We want to ensure that you’re fully informed about the treatment process before making any decisions, and we’ll recommend Invisalign to patients who are happy to proceed and committed to achieving a beautiful smile.

Most importantly, Invisalign is ideal for patients with mild to moderate dental misalignments, such as moderate gaps between teeth, overcrowding or over/underbite. While Invisalign is continually evolving, and Align Technology is always coming up with new and innovative materials and add-ons, it’s still not quite as effective as traditional fixed braces for severe Malocclusion (poor bite) or crowding. So, if you’re dealing with severe misalignments, fixed braces may be the better option for achieving optimal results.

Lastly, if you had braces when you were younger, but your teeth have since relapsed to their old positions, a short course of Invisalign may be just what you need to help move your teeth back into place.

Final Thoughts

In all, Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for those seeking a discreet way to straighten their teeth. It’s particularly popular among adults who missed out on orthodontic treatment when they were younger and want to improve their smile without drawing attention to it. However, it’s essential to remember that Invisalign requires a lot of commitment and compliance, as well as good dental hygiene, to achieve the desired results. 

Ready to discover whether you’re the ideal patient for Invisalign? The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists near you in Norwich. During your consultation, we’ll assess your mouth and create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. To book your appointment, simply call our friendly reception team at 01603 621613 or use our convenient online booking system.

We can’t wait to welcome you!