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invisalign clear bracesToday it’s more common than ever for adults to get braces. Popular clear systems like Invisalign make treatment convenient and discreet. But are they right for everybody? On that note, who makes an ideal candidate for adult braces at all?

First, we need to ask a few questions.

Are Your Teeth and Gums Healthy?

Before anyone can get braces — or Invisalign — we’ll need to make sure that you don’t have any active dental disease. This screening includes pinpointing active tooth decay and periodontal infections. While Invisalign does make it easier to clean your teeth (and reduce your risk of common oral health problems) any existing conditions will need to be treated first.

How Severe is Your Tooth Misalignment?

Invisalign works on mild to severe tooth misalignment, but more complex situations need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have minor gaps or crowding, it shouldn’t be any issue to correct. However, serious crossbites, underbites, unerupted teeth or other orthognathic/skeletal considerations may not be correctable with removable trays.

How Old Are You?

Here’s the great news: you’re never too old for Invisalign! Adults of all ages and backgrounds can elect to wear these clear braces. It may be one of the smartest investments you ever make in your smile.

Invisalign is also an option for teens who have all of their adult teeth and are committed to following their home care instructions accurately. If your teen is mature enough to keep up with their orthodontic appliances on a daily basis, then they’re old enough for Invisalign.

Are You Committed to the Treatment?

Anyone who wears Invisalign will need to follow a strict home-care routine to ensure the best outcome. This process includes wearing your trays for a minimum of 22 hours per day (only taking them out during meals and home care) and changing the aligners out as prescribed, which is usually every two weeks.

Do You Want Fewer and Shorter Appointments?

Invisalign is a self-directed treatment that you progress at home, so we only need to see you for brief follow-up appointments to make sure things are moving along as planned. If you’re a busy parent or professional, Invisalign was designed for your on-the-go lifestyle!

Request a consultation today to find out how long your individual treatment will take to complete!

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