Grand Rapids, MI Invisalign Dentist

Crooked teeth affect more than just the appearance of your smile; they also affect your oral health. If you’re a teen or adult who has always envied a straight smile, ask our Grand Rapids Invisalign® dentists at Lake Michigan Dental if you’re a candidate for clear aligner treatment.

Continue reading to learn if you’re a candidate for Invisalign braces. You may also call our office if you wish to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists.

Invisalign is Right for You if:

You’re Motivated to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign aligners exert pressure on teeth to move them into their final positions. During the first day or so of wearing new aligners, you’ll feel normal pressure on your teeth. However, many of our patients feel that this temporary pain is worth having a beautifully straight smile.

If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of your smile, you’re likely to be highly motivated to wear your aligners as directed by our Invisalign dentists.

For Invisalign to be effective, you must wear your top and bottom aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This means that you’ll only be able to remove your aligners during meals and while brushing teeth.

You Don’t Want Metal Wires or Brackets

Wish you could straighten teeth without braces? Ask our dentists if you’re a candidate for clear aligner treatment. Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that straighten teeth little by little. Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign lets them discreetly straighten teeth without their friends, coworkers, and family knowing.

Your Jaw is Done Growing

While a patient’s jaw could stop growing as soon as 12 years of age, this doesn’t automatically make them a candidate for Invisalign braces. Since these aligners are removable, patients must also have the self-discipline and motivation to wear Invisalign despite temporary discomfort. It’s important to understand that each patient is different.

You Want Reduced Plaque Buildup from Crooked Teeth

Dental plaque and tartar love to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Fortunately, Invisalign can straighten teeth in as little as 12 to 18 months so you can easily brush and floss.

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just improve the appearance of your smile--it also improves oral health. Many of our patients who undergo clear aligner treatment are able to avoid tooth decay and gum disease later in life.

You Want an Unrestricted Diet

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable which means you can still choose to enjoy your favorite foods. No metal wires or brackets also open up menu possibilities not advised with traditional braces.

As long as you properly care for your aligners before you put them back in your mouth, you don’t have to avoid sticky or chewy treats.

You Have Minimal Bite Issues

While Invisalign is great for teeth straightening, it won’t help patients who have serious over or underbites. If left untreated, bite misalignment can cause uneven wear on tooth enamel, jaw pain, and even TMJ disorder.

Schedule an Appointment 

Our Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids MI can help you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted with clear aligner treatment. To schedule your consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists, call Lake Michigan Dental at (616) 453-8211.

This blog post has been updated.