Are You A Good Candidate For Invisalign Dental Treatment? Take This Quiz And Find Out!

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Invisalign dental treatment represents the state of the art of orthodontic technology -- but is it right for your individual needs and goals? While you're waiting for a consultation on the subject with your orthodontist, here's a quick quiz you can take to give yourself a better idea about Invisalign's suitability.

Question 1: Will Traditional Braces Make You Feel Self-Conscious?

If you answered "No," you may be one of those lucky folks whose self-confidence remains intact even when wearing traditional braces. Some even choose colored brackets to turn their braces into fashion statements. If you answered "Yes," you may feel satisfied only with tooth-colored traditional braces or Invisalign tooth aligner trays. The aligner trays are made of clear plastic, rendering them practically invisible except close up.

Question 2: Do You Need to Take Extra Care With Your Dental Hygiene?

Of course, everyone needs to brush, floss, and generally take care of their teeth and gums. Some people, however, struggle with gingivitis, periodontal disease, or some other condition that makes super dental hygiene a must. If you answered "Yes" to this question, then clear aligners will definitely prove a healthier choice for your mouth. The tooth aligner trays can be removed when you eat -- unlike traditional braces, which have an uncanny ability to trap ad hold food. Invisalign aligner trays can also be removed for easy, thorough brushing and flossing, allowing you to reach nooks and crannies that traditional braces might cover.

Question 3: Do You Have a Low Threshold for Discomfort?

There's no getting around the fact that any method for straightening teeth might be less than comfortable from time to time. If you have a high pain tolerance, you may not find traditional braces a significant bother. If, however, you tend to wince at the slightest twinge, you're better off going with aligner trays. Apart from some mild, temporary discomfort when you change one set of a trays for a slightly different set (which is how these trays gradually correct your tooth alignment), you should find the Invisalign approach quite comfortable.

Question 4: Can Your Orthodontic Condition Respond Well to Invisalign? 

Most mild to moderate cases of gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, crowded teeth, and crossbite can respond well to clear aligner dental treatment. Even so, this technique won't work for everybody. For instance, are you a younger teenager whose teeth are still growing? Do you smoke (a habit that will stain the "invisible" aligners)? Do you have an unusually wide gap in your teeth or a particularly serious bite alignment error? Would any physical infirmity or other limitation prevent you from wearing your aligners at least 20 hours a day while also removing them periodically to clean your teeth? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes," then your orthodontist might be quite right to steer you toward traditional braces. The only way to know for sure is by scheduling a consultation with this professional.

What conclusions did you draw from this little quiz? If you're surer than ever that Invisalign makes sense for you, seek out your orthodontist and schedule that initial appointment! A medical professional can tell you more about Invisalign dental treatments


23 December 2019

Maximizing Your Smile Power

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