One of the goals you’ve set for yourself is to have properly aligned and better-looking teeth. So you’re considering Invisalign in Gatos to upgrade your smile. You have the following concern, though: “What if I’ve had braces or other types of dental work – does that disqualify me from receiving Invisalign treatment?” Read on to find out what your dentist has to say!
How the Invisalign Process Works
If you have gapped, misaligned or crowded teeth, the Invisalign method provides a discreet way to improve your smile. It uses a series of clear, plastic trays to gently adjust your teeth in phases until they are properly aligned.
Your dentist takes the following steps to ensure you receive the smile of your dreams:
- Digital Photos and Scans – So that you’ll have the perfect fitting trays, your dentist starts the process with capturing digital photos and scans of your teeth that will be used to develop the complete treatment process.
- Digital Molds – Next, digital molds are created of your upper and lower teeth and the information is then sent to a lab that specializes in making Invisalign trays.
- Retrieval – When your custom trays are ready, you’ll be invited back to your dentist’s office to pick them up. You’ll also be given instructions to wear your trays for at least 20-22 hours a day to ensure you stay on track with the treatment schedule your dentist has designed for you.
I Used to Wear Braces – Am I Disqualified?
Many people who’ve worn braces in the past and have experienced shifting in their teeth as they get older. The Invisalign system provides the perfect way to make the adjustments you want to your smile without having to endure the restrictions and aesthetic flaws of wearing metal braces again.
Another perk is that the process is less likely to take as long as your treatment lasted with the traditional braces.
Are Other Dental Procedures Road Blocks?
While wearing braces in the past has no bearing on your qualification for Invisalign, dental procedures like a bridge or porcelain veneers may be a hindrance. Here is why:
- Dental Bridge – Wearing Invisalign trays involves your teeth being adjusted individually. Thus, if you have a dental bridge that has two or more digits bonded as part of one fixture, then Invisalign may not be the best option for you.
- Porcelain Veneers – Made from dental-grade ceramics, porcelain veneers are permanent fixtures that fit over your teeth. Your dentist will examine the current state of your digits to determine whether the trays can possibly damage your veneers.
The best way to eliminate any confusion is to visit your dentist for a consultation. While you’re there, the professional will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine what will be the most effective steps to take. Under the expert care of your dentist, you’ll be able to correct your smile flaws in a healthy and long-lasting way!
About the Author
Dr. Gregory Sawyer earned his dental degree from the University of Southern California. He has since gone on to provide quality care to the residents of Santa Clara County for the past four decades. Throughout his career, Dr. Sawyer has remained active caring for patients and sharing his wealth of knowledge with other dentists as a continuing education instructor. He helps patients enjoy more functional and better-looking smiles with Invisalign treatment at Los Gatos Dental Group, and he can be reached for more information through his website.