If you’ve worn braces or had other orthodontic work done in the past and didn’t get the results you desired, you may be wondering if you’re eligible to take a new route. Is the Invisalign method an option for you? As you read on, your dentist weighs in to explain what Invisalign is and tackle the question of whether your prior work will disqualify you from receiving new treatment for bite issues.
What are Invisalign Aligners?
The Invisalign method uses custom-designed and fabricated plastic aligners to correct bite problems. The process starts with a visit to your local dentist to have your current condition assessed. While there, a series of photos of your smile will be captured and bite impressions taken and sent to a trusted lab to fabricate a full set of trays.
Each one will represent your bite at pre-determined stages and when worn for two weeks will move your teeth to the next phase in the process.
What if I’ve Had Braces or Other Types of Dental Work?
Depending on what type of procedure you’ve had done, you may still be eligible for the Invisalign method. Here’s what your dentist will consider:
- Bridgework – If you currently have a bridge, you may not be eligible for Invisalign. That’s because it connects two or more teeth, and the Invisalign technique is based on moving your digits individually. Thus, there could be a conflict.
- Crowns or Veneers – If you’ve been fitted with either a crown or veneers, there’s a chance that you could still be eligible for Invisalign. Your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly and make a decision.
- After Braces are Removed – Many people wear braces and have relapses – usually from improperly wearing the retainer. The Invisalign method is an option for them to get back on track with correcting their bite issues. Ultimately, though, the dentist will make a final determination.
- Currently Wearing Braces – With the advances in orthodontic care, there are some situations where patients can use a combination of traditional braces and Invisalign to straighten teeth. Again, this comes down to your specific needs, and your dentist can decide after performing an examination.
The Surest Way to Know
There’s only one way to get a sure answer when it comes to your eligibility for the Invisalign procedure, and that’s to visit your dentist for a consultation. He or she will take the time to assess your current condition and advise you as to what will be the most effective manner for correcting your bite and producing the smile of your dreams.
About the Author
For over 40 years, Dr. Larry Young has been offering general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Still, the Georgetown University School of Dentistry graduate is just as eager about improving the lives of his patients as he was when he first opened his practice. Dr. Young helps patients smile with renewed confidence with Invisalign at Larry Young Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.