We hear the phrase “it’s never too late” about many important things in life, and this is especially true with oral health and even cosmetic dentistry. One cosmetic issue in particular – tooth straightening – is always an option at nearly any age. It is never too late to enjoy a perfectly aligned, healthy and glowing smile. At Port Washington Dental Care in Merrick, NY we are happy to discuss cosmetic dentistry and help you discover if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
As your dentist in Merrick, we would love a chance to meet with you and help you determine if you can use the innovative Invisalign system to meet your needs. Though many think of clear braces as a cosmetic dentistry method, it is important to note that a candidate for Invisalign may also be someone who requires their bite to be corrected or another functional issue to be addressed. In other words, Invisalign can actually resolve a list of dental issues.
After all, a candidate for Invisalign could be a teen who would prefer to live without wires and brackets as their bite is corrected, but it could also be a middle aged adult who dislikes braces but wants a straight smile.
Of course, we have to meet with you and perform a basic exam to be sure you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Generally, patients with mild to moderate spacing, misalignment or issues like over/underbite and even crossbite can turn to Invisalign as a solution.
To determine if you are a good candidate means more than just a checkup to gauge overall oral health and the severity of your needs. You also have to ask yourself if the Invisalign approach works well for your lifestyle. Most patients can answer that with a resounding yes because the clear aligners are so much easier to live with then standard braces. They are removable trays that are custom made to slide over your teeth. You will wear trays for roughly two to three weeks before moving on to the next in your personalized series of aligners.
You can remove them to floss and clean the teeth and gums, as well as when eating or drinking. They do not cause the irritation and abrasion that braces and wires cause, and no one will even notice you are wearing “clear braces.” They do not alter the way you speak or look, and can take care of most needs in as little as six months to two years.
If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for Invisalign, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Merrick, NY office at 516-378-1725. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. Learn about the benefits of Inivsalign and an overview of the procedure.