Qualifying for Invisalign is something which can really only be determined on a case-by-case basis, by a trained orthodontist. However, there are some indications as to whether this is the most suitable treatment for your circumstances.
In the majority of cases, Invisalign is ideal for correcting most tooth concerns that a traditional brace would be used for, including gaps in the teeth or misalignments.
In some instances though a traditional brace may be a better long-term solution – particularly in cases where there are significant malocclusions resulting in a need for a longer duration of treatment. As most metal braces are accessible in a variety of colours – including clear! – it isn’t a complete loss of discretion when it comes to orthodontic options: a feature so popular with Invisalign itself.
It’s also worth noting that prior to undergoing Invisalign treatment your teeth will need to be in good repair beforehand. Due to the design of Invisalign whereby the aligners wrap around the teeth, there is an increased risk of tooth decay – particularly if a good dental hygiene regime is not already underway. It is always good practice to obtain an adequate oral health regime if considering this treatment, and if there is current decay which needs dealing with, your dentist may recommend initial treatment to rectify this before determining further orthodontic options.
Where patients are not suitable for Invisalign due to the nature of their crooked teeth or particularly large gaps, veneers are a fantastic alternative, whereby a wafer thin porcelain is fit over the current teeth, and once placed, are indistinguishable from natural teeth giving the natural appearance so sought after from Invisalign patients.