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Kids and adults alike may be good candidates for braces if they are embarrassed by teeth that are crowded or crooked, if they suffer from jaws that are misaligned, or if they harbor a desire to cosmetically improve their smile. However, most people would probably prefer to avoid the pain and embarrassment that seem to be part and parcel of sporting braces at any age.

The good news is that improvements to cosmetic dentistry have opened a whole new world of options to explore. If you’re not keen to take on the expense and maintenance of options like veneers, you might find that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.  This product provides many of the same benefits of braces at roughly comparable costs.

How can you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for Invisalign and if this product is right for you? Here are a few things to consider.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Invisalign is a good option for many children and adults interested in a straighter smile, but it’s not the right option for everyone. For example, Invisalign requires full compliance of the patient, if they don’t wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day it will not work.

While Invisalign can generally be used even if you have, say, dental implants, it’s not recommended for anyone with bridgework in some instances. It also may not work for teeth that require significant rotation or vertical movement or for bite issues.

You will need to conduct a search for a qualified “Invisalign dentist near me” or a suitable orthodontic practice in your area to set up a consultation.  This way you can find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign or if you’ll need braces instead.

Pros and Cons

Generally speaking, there are almost no potential drawbacks to choosing Invisalign over braces. The cost is comparable to metal braces and so is the outcome.

As for pros, Invisalign trays are non-metallic thus completely eliminating allergic reactions to the metal which often occur with metal braces. These symptoms are very swollen overgrown gums that bleed very easily and can at times be painful. Another benefit is that Invisalign trays are clear and removable, which provides obvious advantages over traditional braces. They won’t stand out like braces do; making the wearer feels more comfortable and confident.

Plus, you can take them out when you eat avoiding the hassles that are part and parcel of cleaning around braces.  You can also eat whatever you want, including items like popcorn and caramels that are strictly forbidden with braces. In addition, Invisalign trays are smooth, so they won’t cut soft tissue like your tongue and cheeks.

On the downside, they are removable, which could cause a temptation to cheat by taking them off when they get uncomfortable. Even though it’s nice to take them out to eat and brush, you’re supposed to keep them in 22-24 hours a day for anywhere from 6-18 months.

You may also want to seek out a dentist that offers Acceledent, in addition to Invisalign.  This FDA approved medical device can be used just 20 minutes a day, providing gentle vibrations that encourage teeth to move. Using Acceledent in conjunction with Invisalign could decrease treatment time by as much as 50%, giving you the beautiful, straight smile you want in half the time.

Speak with a Qualified Dentist

Just as you’d call your emergency dentist to deal with a toothache or trauma to your mouth post haste, you need to speak with a qualified dentist or orthodontist before you opt for Invisalign or braces. It’s important to compare all options and find the one that’s best for you.

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