Invisalign is suitable for both adults and teenagers. The complexity of your case will affect the number of aligners you may need and therefore the treatment time. You also need to be dentally fit before you start treatment so your gums must be healthy and not have any decay.
Invisalign is suitable for most people, however, if you still have baby teeth, or, certain teeth have been extracted then there is a chance that Invisalign isn’t suitable for you. You also need to be prepared to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, not everyone wants to have this responsibility, in which case, fixed braces might be better for you.
The majority of people can have Invisalign, it’s particularly suitable for:
· Are a mild to moderate case
· Don’t want people to know they are wearing braces
· Are over 15 years old
· Have minimal bite problems
· Have all of their adult teeth
Braces, including Invisalign do not significantly affect the appearance of your face. Some people occasionally think their nose looks difference after braces, however, this isn’t the case, it’s simply about perception.
Because Invisalign clear aligners are made with thin plastic, they are very slim, meaning that they may only have a minor impact on your speech, if at all. When you first start wearing your aligners you may notice that you have a slight change with your speech, but this only lasts for a few days whilst you get used to wearing the clear aligners. You are more likely to notice it yourself than other people.
If you grind your teeth whilst wearing your Invisalign aligners, you may cause premature wearing, which could lead to your aligner breaking in extreme cases. However, as you only wear each aligner for 7-14 days, this isn’t usually a problem.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that you remove them to eat and drink. This means that you can eat whatever food you want, whereas with fixed braces you need to be more mindful.
Invisalign aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day, meaning that you need to wear them whilst you sleep. You don’t need to sleep in any particular way whilst wearing your aligners, simply clean your teeth at night and in the morning in the way that you usually would.
Take a look at our CQC Report
Dental Health Plan