Have you ever heard of Invisalign? This unique orthodontic alternative to metal braces allows patients to enjoy straighter smiles without a mouth filled with metal. But who can wear Invisalign aligners? Do you have to be a certain age or have a certain level of misalignment to benefit from clear aligners?
Frequently Asked Questions About Wearing Invisalign Aligners
Question: Can they address severe misalignment?
Answer: Yes! We will carefully examine your teeth and jaw to assess the cause and severity of your misalignment. From there, we can decide if clear aligners are the best choice. If so, you will receive a series of aligners that will be worn every day to gradually correct the teeth.
Question: What if the patient is a child?
Answer: We have used the clear aligners to correct smiles in patients as young as age seven. We can also use them for older children and teens. Many patients find the aligners to be more comfortable that traditional metal braces.
Question: How does the treatment work?
Answer: Each day, the patient wears the aligners for between 20 and 23 hours. Basically, they should only be removed for meals, special occasions, or when brushing and flossing the teeth. Every two weeks the patient will upgrade to a new set. Total treatment time varies, but the average is between a year and 18 months.
Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment for an uneven smile?
Answer: Without treatment, misalignment can strain the jaw joints and make the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism more likely. Crowded and crooked teeth also make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, increasing the likelihood of tooth decay or gum disease developing. If you have any questions about our clear aligners, then contact your dentist today.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, then schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.