Some patients will need traditional bracket and wire braces to correct their dental alignment issues. However, others can see their needs met with Invisalign. Invisalign offers a discreet and removable means of moving your teeth. A sequence of clear plastic aligners will be provided to you. While you can take them out to eat, and to clean your teeth, it is recommended that you leave them in as much as possible. If you are worried about how they make you look, you can rest easy, as their clear plastic material is difficult for people to notice.
If you need a more significant adjustment to your teeth, Invisalign may not be right for you. After an examination, your dentist can determine if your needs can be met by an Invisalign treatment. This method works for people in need of milder corrections, or for adults whose teeth might have shifted after an earlier orthodontic adjustment.
Invisalign is not the only method for correcting mild alignment flaws. In some cases, you may be able to hide some gaps or overlaps with porcelain veneers. Rather than wait for Invisalign treatment to reposition your teeth, your dentist can create custom-made veneers that hide problems with the position of your teeth. Because this treatment can also cover up discoloration, dental damage, and other problems, it can offer a more significant change to your smile. An initial consultation can allow your dentist to determine if this method is right for you, if you would be better served with Invisalign treatment, or if you need your adjustment performed with braces.