Is Invisalign Right for Me?

 Dr. Kurtz | August 18, 2021

Most people will derive a great deal of benefit from using the Invisalign system of teeth-straightening. As long as you don't have any severe problems which require realignment of your teeth, the Invisalign system will probably be effective for you. If you're concerned about the cost, you may be able to obtain coverage from your dental insurance carrier. In any case, there are some very strong advantages to using the Invisalign system, beginning with the fact it is virtually invisible when installed in your mouth.

What Is Invisalign?

The Invisalign system is one which involves the use of clear plastic aligners which progressively accomplish the re-positioning of your teeth into a desired situation. When you first meet with your orthodontist, he/she will devise a program of successive steps which will gradually accomplish this re-positioning, and each set of aligners will move your teeth closer to the final desired position. The great thing about Invisalign aligners, as opposed to metal braces, is that they really cannot be seen in your mouth, so people who are sensitive to criticism or mocking won't have to worry about being taunted.

Best Candidates for Invisalign

The best candidates for Invisalign are those who require only moderate teeth-straightening. Anyone who requires some fairly severe straightening may be obliged to opt for metal braces, since those can handle even difficult cases. However, there are no age restrictions associated with Invisalign usage, so people from youngsters to teenagers to seniors can all take advantage of the Invisalign method for teeth-straightening.

How Old Are You?

Regardless of how old you are, Invisalign may be a perfectly acceptable treatment for straightening your teeth. Many seniors finally choose to make use of the Invisalign system, so they don't have to bother with the metal wires, rubber bands, and metal braces of conventional braces. They also frequently prefer the convenience of Invisalign, because the aligners can be taken out at meal times and for regular brushing and flossing.

Can You Afford Treatment?

For most patients, the cost of using the Invisalign system is between $3,000 and $7,000, depending on how many sets of aligners are required to accomplish the necessary straightening. However, it's possible that your insurance carrier may cover at least part of the cost, so it's definitely worth your while to contact your provider to check this out.

Does Invisalign Work for an Active Lifestyle?

Yes, it does. The aligners are quite secure in your mouth, and will not fall out even if you have a very active lifestyle. There should be no reason for you to remove the aligners until mealtime rolls around, or until it's time for your daily brushing and flossing. In order for Invisalign to be effective, the aligners must stay in place between 20 and 22 hours of each day, otherwise the total straightening time will be lengthened by some time period.

Seek a Professional Opinion with Dr. Kurtz!

If you aren't sure about what Invisalign can do for you, or whether you're a good candidate for Invisalign, it will be beneficial for you to contact us today to seek a professional opinion from your Toronto dentist, Dr. Kurtz. Our team can tell you about how effective Invisalign could be for you, and whether or not you would get the full benefit of using the Invisalign system.

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