Am I Still a Candidate for Invisalign If I’ve Had Braces?

orthodontics CypressMany children undergo teeth straightening when they are very young. If the patient endured orthodontics, but suffered a relapse, Invisalign may very well be the appropriate response to once again secure a smile makeover.

Quite often when teeth are straightened early, the youth may experience unforeseen changes:

Retainer – Once orthodontic treatment is completed, the patient must wear a retainer for a year or longer to solidify the correct teeth placement. If the child is very young, the discipline needed to make sure wearing the retainer as required may not be realized. Consequently, teeth may begin to shift back to an incorrect occlusion.

Removing braces too soon – Parents may succumb to the desires of their child to have braces removed before the desired effect has been achieved. This makes the importance of wearing the retainer more critical than ever.

Permanent teeth eruption – There are 20 primary teeth and 36 permanent teeth. As primary teeth are lost, permanent teeth take their place … as those permanent teeth come in a change in the bite may be experienced requiring additional orthodontic attention. 

Straight teeth mean more than just a beautiful smile. 

Early intervention – In many cases, a child is determined to require teeth straightening very early. For a lot of these cases, early intervention from our dentist may limit the time required later on to correct a malocclusion.

The wonders of Invisalign are many … if additional teeth straightening is needed after wearing braces, there are many advantages for selecting Invisalign:

  1. Braces are clear – This means the patient can have teeth re-straightened in a virtually undetectable fashion.
  2. Invisalign aligners are removable – This allows the patient to eat all the foods they love as the aligners are removed while eating snacks and meals.
  3. Oral maintenance – Is more easily achieved because aligners are removed for daily flossing and brushing. In addition, the aligners are removed for the dentist to thoroughly clean the teeth and perform an exam every six months to maintain excellent oral health.
  4. Comfortable – Unlike metal bands and brackets, Invisalign aligners will not result in abrasions to soft oral and gum tissue.

Straight teeth mean more than just a beautiful smile. A corrected occlusion helps to eliminate the spots where bacteria grow eliminating the potential for dental decay or gum disease.

If additional teeth straightening is required, Invisalign clear aligners provide a logical choice.

Call 281-256-6866 and set up a consultation with our dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you.