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Am I a Candidate for Invisalign® Braces?

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign Braces? Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign Braces? Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

Wish you could straighten teeth without traditional metal braces? Ask one of our Invisalign® dentists if you’re a candidate for clear aligners. We are waiting to hear from you!

Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that fit over your smile and move teeth little by little into optimal alignment. Our experienced dentists are waiting to help you with your smile.

Continue reading to learn whether you’re a likely candidate for Invisalign braces.

What Invisalign Can Treat

In the past, Invisalign couldn’t treat severe bite issues. Today, dentists can use SmartForce® attachments so most (if not all) of your orthodontic treatment is done with clear aligners. SmartForce attachments are tooth-colored bumps we bond to the fronts of your teeth. These bumps gently push against your aligners so you can achieve the smile you want in less time.

Invisalign can treat a range of conditions, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite

To learn if you’ll need SmartForce attachments, schedule a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists.

Motivated to Wear Invisalign Aligners

Have you ever covered your smile while someone was taking your picture? Your smile says a lot about your personality, which is why we recommend Invisalign braces for crooked teeth. During clear aligner treatment, you’ll need to wear Invisalign 20 to 22 hours a day.

Since aligners exert pressure on teeth to move, you’ll feel minor pain for the first day or so of wearing new aligners. However, many of our patients feel that the temporary discomfort is worth having a beautifully straight smile.

Jaw is Done Growing

We recommend Invisalign braces for patients who are no longer growing or losing baby teeth. It’s also been our experience that teenagers and adults are more motivated to straighten teeth because they know what it feels like to be self conscious while smiling.

While your child could wear Invisalign as early as 12 years of age, you’ll need to think of what’s best for them. Is your child disciplined enough to wear Invisalign 20 to 22 hours a day? One of our dentists can also help you determine if Invisalign braces are the right choice for their smile.

Discrete Orthodontic Treatment

Hate the thought of metal on your teeth? Invisalign braces are nearly invisible, which means you’ll be able to discreetly straighten teeth without anyone knowing. Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign can’t be seen by friends, co-workers, and family members.

It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. If you’re seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, our dentists may recommend Invisalign. Many of our patients are able to achieve the smiles they want between 12 and 18 months.

Poor Oral Health

Are crooked teeth preventing you from being able to brush and floss like you should? If so, our dentists may recommend Invisalign for teeth straightening. Plaque and tartar love to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Over time, you’ll develop cavities and gum disease from untreated plaque buildup. Fortunately, our Invisalign dentists can recommend aligners to correct crowded teeth.

Read more: How to care for Invisalign braces >>

Little to No Issues with Bite

A misaligned bite can cause jaw pain and even TMJ disorder if not treated. Fortunately, our dentists will be able to determine the best method for teeth straightening so you can continue to enjoy good oral health.

If you have severe issues with your bite, we may refer you to an orthodontist so you can get the care you need. Otherwise, Invisalign braces can be used if you have little to no issues with bite.

Request an Appointment

If you would like to improve your smile with Invisalign, don’t wait, contact us today! Our Invisalign dentists will be able to determine whether you’d benefit from wearing a clear aligner. You can also check out our blog post on the pros and cons of Invisalign so you know what to expect before your consultation.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Grand Rapids Invisalign dentists, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.

This blog post has been updated.