Any other benefits to know about?
Sarah: Orthodontic treatment that aligns the teeth can increase social confidence for smiling, reduce bite interference and thus enamel wear on the teeth and correct crowding, which will make flossing and brushing much easier. These are all good oral health benefits. And, of course, there’s the convenience of being able to take out your aligner tray for social occasions.
Sunita: Because the aligners are removable, you can also eat anything you like – so long as you brush your teeth afterwards! Straighter teeth mean a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. Correcting orthodontic problems can put an end to issues such as bad breath (halitosis), gingivitis (gum inflammation), tooth sensitivity and chipping of teeth.
How do you know if Invisalign is for you?
Sarah: These days, Invisalign is not just for crooked teeth. It can handle overbites and overjets, and also be used to accommodate an implant or a bridge. It’s also safe to use over crowns, veneers, bridges and implants. It is best to see an orthodontist for a consultation to check that your teeth and gums are healthy – and whether or not your smile would actually benefit from going through this process, which does require some commitment and expenditure.
Is there anything Invisalign can’t do?
Sunita: Most adults with mild to moderate crowding or spacing are a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign has a difficult time fixing cases that are too severe. That’s simply because issues like large overbites require more advanced orthodontic procedures to shift the jaw. Although Invisalign is perfect for older teenagers and adults, children and young teenagers do not always make good candidates for it because their teeth are still growing. Also, if you are not dedicated, you might be not a good candidate for an aligner that is all too easy to remove.
Is there any pain?
Sunita: Some people report a little; others report a lot. Patients mostly describe the pain as a pressure or tenderness—it may be related to the removal of the aligners in and out of your mouth. Pain tends to be at the beginning of the process or for the first few days when wearing a new aligner. Also, rough edges may irritate the gum tissue, causing ulcers.