Invisalign is an attractive option for many people who are seeking to correct misaligned, crooked or gapped teeth.
While Invisalign can produce fantastic results, there are some potential complications to consider:
- Some teeth may remain crooked at the end of treatment
- Teeth can maintain uneven heights relative to their adjacent teeth
- Misaligned or “open” bite on the back teeth
- Teeth that lean in opposing directions
- Allergic reactions to the Invisalign aligners
Most of these concerns are the direct result of the incorrect or improper use of the Invisalign aligners by the patient. Complications may also be the result of the inexperience or lack of skill of the dentist who is in charge of treatment. Making sure all treatment protocols are followed correctly is vital to the success of Invisalign treatment.
The patient plays a crucial role in avoiding these pitfalls. Patients must be committed to wearing their Invisalign aligners for the maximum amount of time recommended by your orthodontist. Failing to wear the aligners for the prescribed time will guarantee poor results.
In some cases, Invisalign may not be the best choice for your orthodontic needs. Patients who suffer from severely crooked or misaligned teeth will likely not achieve the desired results with Invisalign because they do not exert the necessary pressure to fix more extreme cases.
Patients who suffer from teeth grinding, or bruxism, may damage their aligners unintentionally. This type of damage will diminish the effect of the appliance, and may necessitate new aligners completely. In rare cases, patients may suffer from an allergic reaction to the aligners.
If you are unhappy with your crooked teeth, talk to your orthodontist to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Under the care of a qualified orthodontist and with proper maintenance, you can avoid complications and achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile.
Sherman Oaks Orthodontist