invisalign vs braces

February 25, 2014

Why Isn’t Invisalign Right for Everyone?

An ever-increasing number of teens and adults are choosing to wear Invisalign clear aligners over traditional metal braces. There are many reasons why people have been coming around to this orthodontic treatment option. For instance, the fact that the aligners are transparent, making them virtually invisible, is a big draw. Invisalign patients also enjoy being able to conveniently take the aligners out when eating, brushing and flossing their teeth. Even though it seems as though Invisalign could work on anybody, this orthodontic treatment option is not always the right treatment for certain patients.

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?

If you are a teen or adult who wishes to correct your bite but don’t like the idea of wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be a good treatment option for you. However, Invislign is not for children or for adults with severely crooked teeth or neuromuscular bite problems.

Invisalign is a good option for teens and adults who wish to correct their bite discreetly. It’s also a good option for patients who want the convenience of not having to worry about food restrictions or problems cleaning their teeth while in orthodontic treatment. Additionally, Invisalign is a good option for professional adults who do not wish to wear visible metal braces.

What Invisalign Can’t Do

While Invisalign can be used to treat some types of orthodontic problems, its effectiveness is limited. This is because in comparison to traditional braces, removable braces systems like Invisalign do not provide your orthodontist with as much control over creating certain types of tooth movements. Invisalign cannot treat severe cases of malocclusions nor is it considered the best solution for treating cases that involve:

Severely rotated teeth – Teeth that are rotated from their normal position more than 20 degrees and especially molars and lower eyeteeth.

Teeth that are severely tipped – Teeth angled more than 45 degrees from normal

Large spaces between teeth – Cases where all tooth gaps combined total more than 6mm per arch

Other problems – Severe deep overbites, skeletally-based malocclusions and open bites or other cases where the extraction of teeth is required

When you schedule a complimentary consultation with our Seattle, WA orthodontic office, Dr. Peralta will provide you with a thorough examination to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Dr. Peralta is a certified Burien, WA Invisalign provider who uses the most current orthodontic technology available. These advancements in technology allow him to cater to your unique needs in the most effective and efficient manner possible.