If you have slightly crooked or misaligned teeth, you might be wondering if braces would help. Luckily, there are several options on the market today to make your teeth straight and more aligned again without having to use traditional metal braces either on the front or back of your teeth.
If you wonder if invisible braces, like Invisalign, will work for you, then use this guide to help you out. Your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist who can best assist you in getting the braces you need to make your smile better.
You don't have serious correction issues
Invisible braces are designed to help correct minor dental issues. They are used most often by people who have a simple misalignment in their teeth, by those who have already worn traditional braces, or those who have near-perfect teeth and just want to make them a wee bit straighter.
Invisalign will work best for you if you don't have severely overlapping teeth or if you don't have to worry about correcting an overbite or under-bite. If you have other dental issues besides crooked teeth or teeth that have small gaps in them, your dentist will want to fix these issues first before they recommend any type of invisible braces.
You don't want to wear traditional braces
Traditional braces will get the job done and seriously correct your smile, but they aren't always the preferred choice by people who need them. Traditional braces can be bulky and easy to see, and even though they can be put behind the teeth to achieve a healthier smile, they can be less ideal for some. If you want more discreet braces while you undergo your dental correction needs, speak to your dentist and see if something like Invisalign will work for you.
You have worn braces and want a touch-up
Are you currently using a retainer, or have you had braces in the past and see your teeth starting to go back to the way they were prior to braces? Are you wishing you had different results when you got traditional braces but you don't want to go back to traditional braces again? If you have had braces in the past and want to see if you can further improve your smile, then ask your dental practitioner about Invisalign and other invisible braces options. You may be able to try invisible braces along with other corrective techniques to put your smile back to the way you want it to be when traditional braces weren't enough.
Costs vary for invisible braces and may not be covered by dental insurance. However, your orthodontist may help you with a payment plan should you decide invisible braces are right for you.