Take the Quiz: Are you or your child a candidate for Invisalign®?
Whether you want to correct widespread dental misalignment, or you just want a minor cosmetic adjustment, you have numerous orthodontic treatments to choose from. Invisalign® is becoming increasingly popular among patients of all ages – from six to sixty-six. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses custom-made clear aligners to straighten teeth. But how do you know whether this subtle orthodontic treatment is right for you or your child?
Our quiz below is a great place to get started when researching your treatment options. Of course, you should also schedule a consultation at Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball, TX. Dr. Wint Tun will thoroughly examine your tooth alignment. She will also discuss your goals, lifestyle, and budget. Then she can help you make a confident decision about your care.
To schedule your consultation, contact Harmony Orthodontics today.
1. What orthodontic problem(s) do you wish to correct?
- General misalignment
- Gaps between teeth
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- Open bite
Interpreting the answer: If you answered A, B, C, or D, you may be a candidate for Invisalign. Many people assume that clear aligners are only appropriate for minor cosmetic issues. Actually, they can correct most of the same problems that standard braces can address.
2. Are you or your child generally responsible?
- Yes, definitely
- Not at all
- It depends on how motivated I am
Interpreting the answer: If you answered A or C, Invisalign could be a great choice! But if you answered B, you may want to go with traditional braces. This is because Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out for eating and cleaning. However, to see the best results, you need to wear your trays about 22 hours a day. If you or your child is likely to lose the aligners or forget to wear them, you may feel more comfortable with braces that are bonded in place.
3. Do you or your child play contact sports?
Interpreting the answer: If you answered yes, you should definitely consider Invisalign. The rough brackets on traditional braces can cause painful injuries to the lips and cheeks. On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are smooth and relatively soft, making them far safer for athletes.
4. Do you have gum disease?
Interpreting the answer: If you answered yes, you are probably not a candidate for Invisalign – yet. It is important to have periodontal treatment before undergoing orthodontic care. Once you receive treatment, however, Invisalign may actually be a better choice than braces. Since you can remove the trays, you can better clean your teeth and reduce your risk of a gum disease flareup.
5. Has your child lost all their baby teeth?
Interpreting the answer: Either way, Invisalign may be the solution you need. Children as young as six or seven may benefit from early orthodontic intervention. Known as Phase I treatment, this initial phase can make room for incoming adult teeth and shorten overall treatment time. Invisalign FirstTM is an innovative treatment that allows young children to enjoy the benefits of clear aligners.
Contact Us for an Invisalign Consultation
Ultimately, a diagnostic consultation is the only way to know with certainty that Invisalign is right for you.
Schedule your appointment online or call 832-699-3683.