Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign ®
What is the minimum age of a patient for Invisalign ®?
With experience, your dental provider can use Invisalign ® to treat malocclusion for the majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile.
Does the procedure work on overbites?
An experienced Invisalign ® dental provider can use Invisalign ® to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents.
Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient?
Yes, we always complete a full consultation and preliminary examination to check suitability and rule out any possible complications. Only your dental provider can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign ® treatment.
Can a bridge prevent Invisalign ® treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Your dental provider will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.
Are crowns a factor in Invisalign ® treatment?
Crowns are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes small tooth-coloured composites called "attachments" are bonded onto teeth during Invisalign ® treatment to help achieve certain movements and these can be difficult to bond on to crowns. In these cases, the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated. An Invisalign ® -trained dental provider can advise.
Can Invisalign ® close gaps?
Yes. Small spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign.
Once Invisalign ® treatment is complete is a retainer necessary?
Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position for the rest of your life, it is best to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist or orthodontist. In many cases your last aligner will be your temporary retainer, your dental provider can advise you on longer term retention options.
Since having my conventional braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign ® correct this?
A number of Invisalign ® patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign ® can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces commonly referred to as relapse, and do so without having to go through the possible inconvenience and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.
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