Invisalign Braces Not for Everybody

We are a licensed Invisalign provider, and are very pleased with the results we get with Invisalign. However, Invisalign is not for everybody. Here’s why we provide Invisalign for some of our patients, and refer other patients to conventional orthodontists.

Basically, Invisalign is an attractive alternative to conventional braces for adults. Being an “invisible” and removable aligner spares the adult from the embarrasment and look of conventional braces. With Invisalign, the aligners need to be changed about every two weeks, and over time, the teeth can be moved into the right position.

But Invisalign cannot solve all orthodontic challenges. For one thing, Invisalign generally takes somewhat longer to accomplish alignment than conventional braces, so if time is an issue for the patient, it may not be the right solution. In addition, there are oftentimes circumstances where because of the position of the teeth, and the alignment of the roots, Invisalign may not be effective in providing a long term solution.

At our office, we carefully evaluate each patient’s particular situation, and if we feel that Invisalign can solve the challenge, we will commence a treatment plan. However, if we’re not extremely confident we can solve the patient’s challenge, we will refer that patient to an orthodontic specialist.

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