More and more kids and adults are opting for braces to correct the imperfections in their smile. Experts estimate that at least 65% of people need to get the treatment. But, that doesn’t change the fact that everyone dreads having to get the dental clips that are not exactly comfortable. Invisalign braces have changed the general view and patients are more accepting and open to the idea of going for treatment. Although the clear dental aligners cause far less discomfort and let’s face it – are almost impossible to detect, Invisalign may not be suitable for every dental structure.

Your Dentist Begins by Taking X-Rays and Dental Impressions

Before making recommendations, your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth and study the misalignments carefully. She will then take dental impressions and send them to the lab. Here, computers scan the casts and create a digital view of the jaw to understand how it can be fixed. Using advanced applications, the doctor devises a plan to gently nudge the teeth into proper positions. Getting Invisalign braces typically involves wearing a transparent tray over your teeth all through the day and night. You’ll get a fresh set every 2 weeks as the teeth respond and start to slide into the correct alignment. In a few months, the jaw bone creates new cells around the setting. As the entire jaw responds to the stimulation, you’ll have the amazing smile you’ve always wanted.

Invisalign May Not Work for Every Candidate

Your orthodontist will ask you a series of questions to check if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign braces. If possible, she may advise additional procedures before advising clear braces. Here are a few of the factors to keep in mind:

Have all your baby teeth fallen out?

Clear braces for kids are not advisable before the age of 13 years or until all the baby teeth have fallen out. Further, your doctor will want to ensure that the patient is old enough to understand how to manage the process. Do keep in mind that you must wear the Invisalign braces for at least 22 hours all through the day. You can take them off only for eating and drinking. If the patient is too young, the dentist may advise other options.

Have you had any of your teeth extracted?

If you have normal gaps in your teeth, getting clear aligner braces can definitely fix the problem. But, in case you have missing teeth or gaps because of extractions, the dentist may suggest that you opt for dental implants. Once the procedure is complete, you can move on to Invisalign. Side by side, checking for the possibility of wisdom teeth removal is also essential. That’s because when the third set of molars start to grow or emerge, they could push the aligned teeth out of position again. And, you may need to get adjustments for the problem when that happens.

Do you have periodontal disease or acute gum disease?

In case you have periodontal disease, the dentist will set up a program for ridding your gums of infections. Once you have healthy gums, you’ll find that Invisalign braces are a better option can conventional metal braces. As your doctor will advise, you can remove the braces during meal times and brush and floss thoroughly before reinserting them. Maintaining dental hygiene is a lot easier and you’ll have a lower risk of developing gum disease again. Aligning the teeth has an added advantage. The proper positioning of the teeth prevents crowding and the buildup of food particles in the gaps between the gums. Further, since the gums have a better grip on the teeth, you have a lower risk of infections. So, you see, Invisalign braces can actually help you with overall dental health.

Do you have any dental bridges?

Dental bridges are fused with one or more of your teeth. As a result, they won’t respond to the movement stimulated by the clear braces. While the surrounding teeth may align perfectly, the bridge will remain out of place. For this reason, your dentist may advise that you complete the Invisalign treatment before getting bridges or implants. In case you’ve opted for clear aligners afterward, you could opt to remove the bridges and reinsert them later. Alternatively, you may have to get the caps sectioned off by cutting so the other teeth can move into alignment. Since every patient has a unique dental structure, your doctor will make recommendations according to what’s best for you.

Do you smoke?

Patients who smoke often don’t get the results they’re hoping for with clear braces. To begin with, smoking increases the duration of the treatment because of the constricted blood supply in the mouth. Healing takes longer and smokers typically find that they have a bigger buildup of plaque on their teeth. Any kind of orthodontic aligning option doesn’t work as expected.

Can you commit to a 12 to 16 month’s treatment?

While Invisalign braces are, no doubt, an effective solution, know that you should be prepared for treatment that lasts 12 months or more depending on individual needs. For a good success rate, you must take the proper precautions like wearing the braces for the recommended number of hours a day. You’ll also have to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully and maintain proper dental hygiene or risk infections.

Are you unsure about whether or not Invisalign braces are a great choice for you? Stop by at the Macleod Dental Trail clinic and request an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Silver. After conducting the necessary examinations and diagnostics, she’ll give you practical advice about the suitability. You’ll also receive information about what to expect and how long the treatment will take. You can get in touch with us online by clicking on the Contact Us page and filling the form. If you would prefer to make inquiries over the phone, call us on this number: (403) 253-1248. We welcome your questions!


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  2. 11 Things Your Orthodontist Won’t Tell You
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Dr. Jennifer Silver is one of the top dental surgeons practicing in Calgary, Alberta using an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to helping her patients. She believes in offering expert advice and make recommendations to patients just as she would to a family member. Dr. Silver collaborates with a large network of specialists and taps into their expertise to provide holistic care.

Dr. Jennifer Silver has earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her academic qualifications include deans honours list, an oral surgery award and best research project. Before attaining this degree, she graduated with honors from Dalhousie University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in the sphere of dentistry for 10 years. Dr. Silver is currently helping patients with dental issues such as TMJ pain and sleep apnea in addition to dentistry. She is keenly interested in constantly upgrading her skills and hopes to gain additional training in oral surgery in the future.