Traditional braces aren’t the only way to correct orthodontic issues. Today, more people turn to Invisalign to straighten crooked, misaligned, or overcrowded teeth. Like traditional metal braces, Invisalign teeth aligners put gentle pressure on crooked teeth to gradually shift them into a straighter position. An evaluation by your Invisalign dentist at Rich C. Flores, DDS, LLC, in Willoughby, Ohio, can determine if you’re a viable candidate for this treatment.
Like traditional metal braces, Invisalign teeth aligners can correct multiple orthodontic issues concurrently. Some of the most common problems Invisalign can fix are:
The time frame for your treatment will depend on the orthodontic issues being addressed.
The criteria for Invisalign are healthy gums and teeth. Before approving you for Invisalign treatment, Dr. Richard Flores will evaluate your oral health to ensure your mouth is free of decay, infection, or dental disease.
Candidates for Invisalign will also need a high level of commitment. To get maximum results from your treatment, you need to wear your aligners 22-23 hours daily, removing them only for eating and dental hygiene. You can’t forget or slack off following your Invisalign dentist’s instructions.
Invisalign candidates can range from pre-teens to seniors who want perfectly aligned teeth. If you have a mild to moderate orthodontic issue, chances are you will make a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Dr. Flores will evaluate your teeth, assess the problems that need correcting and outline a treatment plan conducive to your dental needs. Some minor issues may be corrected within six months. On average, however, Invisalign treatments last between 12 and 18 months or longer if your problems are complex. Upon completion of your treatment, we’ll give you a retainer to wear at night to keep your teeth in alignment long-term.