Am I still a candidate for Invisalign if I’ve had traditional braces?
Patients that have undergone teeth straightening might require further correction later in life. Invisalign aligners are a very popular choice for a multitude of reasons:
They are clear – wearing traditional braces probably involved metal bands, brackets, rubber bands, and wires. With Invisalign, your braces are transparent making them an undetectable means of orthodontic care.
They are removable – you will take these braces out for snacks and meals. This means no foods are off limits. In addition, since you take them out for daily oral maintenance, brushing and flossing can be done without any obstacles.
They are comfortable – since there is no metal to abrade soft oral tissues, Invisalign aligners are easy to wear.
They are convenient – teeth straightening is accomplished by replacing your aligners with the next in the series every two weeks to keep the program on track. Visits to your dentist to have wires adjusted are no longer needed.
Invisalign teeth straightening might be needed following traditional treatment due to:
Additional teeth have erupted resulting in the need for further care.
The retainer was not worn long enough allowing teeth to begin to drift back to their incorrect occlusion.
A second phase of treatment was planned as a follow up to early orthodontic intervention … where the child started teeth straightening at a very early age (6 or 7) before all permanent teeth erupted. Very often this is a measure taken to expand the palate to make room for permanent teeth, but in many cases additional orthodontic treatment is needed at a later time.
As with traditional braces, preparation for Invisalign aligners is similar … dental x-rays, photographs, and impressions are taken. These are the tools used by the Invisalign lab to fabricate aligners using 3-D digital technology. The aligners are developed that will gently shift teeth to their correct placement when worn as required and regularly replaced.
The aligners must be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve the desired results in the designated time frame.
Just as with traditional braces, when straightening has been achieved the patient will be given a retainer to be worn. The retainer looks like one of the aligners; it is designed to help teeth develop a memory of their new location.
To learn more about Invisalign, call Erickson Dental at 972-717-0077 and schedule a consultation today.