Are Invisalign Braces Right for Me? Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

Wish you could straighten teeth without braces? Ask our Invisalign dentists if you’re a candidate for clear aligners. Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners we use to move teeth little by little into a straighter, better aligned smile. Our dentist can help you get the smile you've always wanted with clear braces. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding Invisalign.

You don’t have to be a teenager to get orthodontic treatment. In fact, Invisalign bracesare recommended for patients who are done growing and have the discipline to wear clear aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day. Invisalign is a commitment, keep reading to see if you think it is a good fit for you.

Considering Invisalign?

Is your jaw done growing?

Invisalign isn’t recommended for children or young teens because their jaws are still growing. For younger patients, our dentists may refer them to an orthodontist.

Are you highly motivated to straighten teeth?

You’re never too old to straighten your smile with Invisalign. In fact, we typically recommend Invisalign for patients who can be counted on to wear their aligners between appointments. Teenagers and adults are usually highly motivated to straighten teeth and more likely to comply with instructions from their dentist orthodontists.

For Invisalign to work, you must wear your clear aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This means that you should only take out your clear aligners during meals and teeth brushing. During the first day or so of wearing a new set of aligners, you’ll feel the pressure on your teeth. However, many of our patients feel that the temporary discomfort is worth having straighter teeth.

Would you feel embarrassed of traditional braces?

Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into a straighter smile. Many of our patients appreciate that Invisalign is subtle enough to go unnoticed by friends, family, and co-workers. While Invisalign can be seen up close, most people won’t be able to tell that you’re wearing aligners.

Do crooked teeth make it difficult to brush and floss?

Patients with crooked teeth are at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. It can be difficult brushing and flossing teeth that overlap, which is why your dentist may recommend Invisalign braces. Plaque loves to hide in between teeth and along the gum line. Over time, this plaque destroys tooth enamel and gum tissue.

During your consultation, your dentist will be able to show you what your smile could look like after Invisalign treatment. That way, you can make an informed decision for your oral health. Clear aligners affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Invisalign braces also straighten teeth so you can practice better oral hygiene.

Do you have severe bite issues?

You may not be a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners if you need to correct a severe overbite or underbite. While Invisalign is great for straightening teeth and correcting minor bite issues, they can’t move the jaw into a better position. To prevent issues with your oral health further down the road, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist.

Our dentists use Invisalign braces to help patients get the smiles they’ve always wanted. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Rapids Invisalign dentists, call Lake Michigan Dental at (616) 453-8211.