Today’s advances in orthodontic technology offer many treatments for crooked or misaligned teeth. One of the most popular options for mildly crooked teeth is Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear custom-fit aligner trays to gently move teeth into the desired position. Because the aligner trays are transparent, Invisalign is nearly invisible to the eye, making them an attractive option for patients who want to improve their smile without the embarrassment of sporting a “metal mouth.” Invisalign aligners are also easy to maintain, as they are removed for cleaning and eating.
To achieve the best possible results with Invisalign, there are some dental issues that should be addressed prior to treatment:
- To guarantee the aligner trays hug your teeth with the proper fit and to prevent the formation of cavities, chips on your teeth should be fixed prior to being fit for Invisalign.
- Any existing cavities should be filled and cured to prevent sensitivity that could result from the shifting of teeth during treatment.
- Have your teeth professionally cleaned prior to wearing Invisalign aligners. If you have excessive plaque or tartar buildup, your dentist may recommend deeper cleaning treatments that include scaling and polishing your teeth.
- If you still have your wisdom teeth, your orthodontist may suggest having them removed prior to Invisalign treatment to make more room for your teeth to shift and line up properly.
Having your mouth and oral health in tip-top shape prior to your Invisalign treatment will help to ensure a complication-free, successful result. With Invisalign, you can enjoy the benefits of straighter, more beautiful teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces.
Sherman Oaks Orthodontist