People usually associate Invisalign with mild to moderate misalignment. Usually those with slightly angled teeth or overcrowding that has bothered them for too long.
But what about people with severely crooked teeth with overlapping and overcrowding? We often get asked: Are my teeth too bad for Invisalign?
The simple answer is… maybe, but probably not!
Barring extreme cases, Invisalign is generally an option for most people, but what is most important is that the person is willing to commit to the process. In order for Invisalign to work correctly and efficiently, there certainly requires a number of lifestyle changes – replacing certain habits with new ones.
Some important factors to consider with Invisalign treatment:
- Wearing your Invisalign trays 22 hours a day. (This might seem like a lot, because it is. It basically gives you enough time to eat three meals a day, and not much more than that. You might even find that since it’s such a pain to snack throughout the day, you eat less. Many people have reported an unexpected weight drop during their Invisalign treatment. Hurray for silver linings!)
- Brushing and flossing your teeth right after each meal and rinsing your trays before putting them back in.
- Committing to regular visits with your orthodontist. At South Surrey Smiles, these visits are usually once every 2 months.
So, with time, Invisalign can help a great many conditions, but it is really up to the user to ensure they are effective.
At South Surrey Smiles, we can guide you in this decision and give you a clear idea of exactly what is going to be asked of you. We recommend you come in for a consultation, we would love to help.
Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics. She grew up in Victoria, BC with her parents and two sisters.
After being awarded her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1989, Dr. Williams then spent six years as a dentist in general practice before deciding that she wanted to further her education by undertaking three extra years of highly specialized training in orthodontics. With her Masters in Science (Orthodontics) degree under her belt, she went on to sit the Orthodontic Specialty Fellowship exams through the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. To date, her status as an active leader in the orthodontic profession means that she holds the following qualifications and positions:
- Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Orthodontics.
- Former president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (representing 2900 orthodontists from the 4 western Canadian provinces and 8 western American states).
- Active member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.