Everyone deserves a perfect smile and there is never a bad time to start to start your journey to a perfect smile! But this doesn’t mean that Invisible Braces are necessarily the best or only way to go about improving your teeth. In this blog we discuss who can and can’t get Invisible Braces to help you with your decision about treatment.
So who can get Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners as they are sometimes called?
Well to be a candidate for treatment you must be over the age of 16. This is because the treatment planning methodology uses complex computer modelling to predict the final position of your teeth at the end of the treatment. If you still have baby teeth, or if your new adult teeth are not yet in the final position then the computer modelling software cannot make intelligent and accurate predictions.
Also, to be a candidate for treatment you should have a relatively simple orthodontic complaint. This means that you should have small gaps between your teeth, or small rotations, or minor overcrowding of your teeth. If you have major gaps, or if some of your teeth are in the incorrect part of your gum, or if your teeth are too tightly packed together then you may not be able to have the treatment. This is because the aligning trays are made from light plastic which can only exert a small amount of force on the teeth. For the more complex orthodontic cases more force is required and we would normally recommend traditional braces.
Finally, to have invisible braces or clear aligners, you have to be very committed to treatment. This is because they are a ‘removable appliance’ which requires huge amounts of patient discipline to keep wearing over the course of the treatment. If you are not good at remembering things, or if you are not fully committed to correcting your teeth, then you may be better to consider ‘fixed appliances’ such as traditional braces or veneer treatments.
So who can’t have Invisible Braces also known as Clear Aligners?
Well the good news is the majority of people who have simple to mild orthodontic complaints can have Invisaligns. Those who definitely can’t include people with gum disease or periodontal issues which means that teeth are moveable and at high risk of being lost. Also those with complex root positions which means that teeth cannot be aligned fully. Finally those with weak bone structures who are having some changes in the bone structure.
Also, you are unable to have a treatment if you have previously had major restorative dental work. It is OK to have one or two fillings and crowns, but if you have a bridge, or implants, then the clear aligner treatment cannot make any adjustments to those teeth or the teeth involved with the restorative treatment.
In any of the above cases it is best to whatsapp us and speak directly with one of our expert dentists to support you to understand whether you are a candidate or not.