Removable braces aren't for everyone. They are most effective for mild to moderate orthodontic problems. That's because the aligners only move teeth horizontally and won't be much help if your teeth turn in or out or are vertically challenged. Overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth or a severe malocclusion (bad bite) are better left to traditional dental braces, which provide for more control of teeth movement.
Removable braces also require a lot of motivation. After all, they only work when you wear them. Invisalign dental aligners must be worn around the clock, minus time off for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. That means you have to remember to put them back on after you take them off. If you wear them less than required, your teeth won't move as quickly as planned. The result may be a longer course of treatment.
Invisalign dental aligners provide you with the convenience of removable braces that are hardly noticeable. This convenience comes at a higher price than traditional metal braces. Be sure to discuss payment options with your dentist or orthodontist if you decide that Invisalign might be right for you.
If you choose to wear removable braces, you'll still need to see the dentist or orthodontist regularly. Visits are less frequent than with traditional dental braces -- about once every six weeks -- but are necessary to track your progress and provide you with your next set of aligners.
Some Basic Rules Still Apply
Since you can remove your dental braces to eat, you get the green light to enjoy hard and chewy foods. But you still need to practice good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing and regular dental visits twice a year. Don't forget to keep your aligners clean, too!
Only an dentist or orthodontist can determine the best treatment plan for you. If your case isn't too severe, removable braces might be an option. If you need to find a dentist near you, let us help! Call us at 1-866-970-9853.