07 Jan Am I Still a Candidate for Invisalign if I’ve Had Braces?
Many patients that undergo teeth straightening may experience teeth shifting back closer to where they were positioned before treatment. This often happens when the teeth didn’t have sufficient time to form a “memory” of their new location and start to drift back to where they started. If this occurs, teeth can be repositioned again, and Invisalign aligners may be the perfect option to restore the correct occlusion.
This shifting of teeth can occur for any number of reasons. The patient may not have worn their retainer as instructed preventing the teeth from remembering their new location. Or the patient may have worn braces as a youngster; if additional permanent teeth erupted like third molars (wisdom teeth), they may have forced teeth to reposition to make room for them to come in.
Invisalign is a method of orthodontic treatment where teeth are gently shifted to their correct position by the use of clear aligners. A series of aligners are fabricated by the Invisalign lab using digital 3-D imaging from x-rays, photographs, and dental impressions taken of the patient.
The aligners are replaced approximately every two weeks throughout treatment to keep the movement process on track. With each new aligner, the patient is a step closer to resuming their correct occlusion.
As with traditional braces, the patient will still see the dentist for periodic exams to ensure they are progressing as designed. However, it is important that the patient realize these exams do not take the place of the appointments needed to have their teeth cleaned and exams performed to monitor potential problems like dental decay or gum disease.
Invisalign aligners are very popular for several reasons:
- They are clear making this form of treatment virtually undetectable.
- There are no metal bands, brackets, or wires to cause irritation to soft mouth tissues.
- They are removable … this means you can resume eating all the foods you love with no restrictions. Daily oral hygiene is easier to maintain as the aligners are removed for brushing and flossing.
The aligners must be worn 20-22 hours every day to complete treatment in the prescribed amount of time. Wearing the retainer as directed should allow the process to be maintained, but it is important to remember this is an extremely important part of the treatment plan and needs to be observed.
Call our experienced orthodontic team at Balcones Family Dental for more information about Invisalign today.