Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. It uses a series of clear aligners that you wear to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign can be an effective way to straighten your teeth, but it’s not right for everyone. If you’re considering getting Invisalign and have noticed any of the following signs, it might be time to reconsider whether or not this treatment is right for you:
Signs You’re Not a Good Fit for Invisalign
If you are not a good fit for Invisalign, there are several reasons why.
- Severely crowded or misaligned teeth
- Gum disease
- Poor oral hygiene
- Excessive wear and tear on teeth (worn down fillings, crowns)
- Existing restorations (fillings, crowns) that cannot be replaced during treatment
Alternatives to Invisalign
If you’re not a good fit for Invisalign, there are other options available. The most common alternative to Invisalign is traditional metal braces. These braces are made up of brackets that attach to your teeth and wires that connect them together. You’ll have to visit your orthodontist every few weeks for adjustments and checkups until your teeth are straightened out.
Traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable at first but will get easier over time as your jaw gets used to having something attached in its mouth all day long. Traditional metal braces aren’t always recommended if you have gum disease or tooth decay because they don’t allow room for dental hygiene products like flossing between each tooth (which can lead to infection). If this sounds like something that would bother you too much during treatment, then traditional metal braces might not be right for you either! Either way, be sure to check with your dentist to see which will work best for you.