Invisalign is a great choice for anyone who wants straighter teeth. It’s a big investment, though, so you need to know that you’re ready for it.
Keep reading to learn all about the top signs that you’re ready to talk to an orthodontist and start Invisalign.
1. You Have Trouble Flossing
Are you one of those perfect people that floss every single day? If not, why?
While some people are forgetful when it comes to flossing, others avoid it because it’s too difficult due to their teeth. Teeth that are too close together make it difficult to get between every crack and crevice.
If you’ve ever experienced broken or stuck floss between your teeth, you should think about getting Invisalign. Flossing protects your teeth and gums from decay and disease.
2. You’re Experiencing Teeth Problems
Speaking of flossing, have you been experiencing any signs of dental issues lately?
While many people think that misaligned teeth are purely an aesthetic issue, this isn’t true. When your teeth aren’t straight, you could run into problems with your oral health.
As we mentioned, flossing is harder for people who have their teeth too close together. It can also be more difficult for anyone with excessive gaps, teeth that overlap, or even certain bite problems.
You need to be able to brush and floss all of your teeth if you want to avoid cavities and gum disease.
3. You Don’t Smile Often
How often do you flash those pearly whites of yours?
Anyone who’s self-conscious about their teeth knows that telltale closed-mouth smile. You cover your mouth when you laugh and your lips are closed tight in photos.
You might not even recognize that you feel uncomfortable in this way until you really think about it.
You deserve to smile and laugh without feeling like you have to hide your teeth. You’re the only one that notices your misalignment, but you’re also the only one that matters.
4. Your Bite Doesn’t Align
While most people are familiar with what crooked teeth look like, they might not be as well-aware of misaligned bites.
There are several kinds of bite issues. The most common are overbites and underbites. If your top front teeth extend too far over your bottom front teeth, you have an overbite. If the opposite is true, you have an underbite.
These issues, unless they’re severe, aren’t often difficult to fix. Crossbites and open bites, on the other hand, don’t get enough attention and they can lead to more serious issues in the future.
Crossbites are common amongst people with crooked teeth. Several top teeth sit “inside” the bottom teeth. With an open bite, your mouth won’t close all of the way when your teeth are clenched.
All bite issues can be problematic if left untreated. You may have trouble eating or a higher chance of damaging teeth.
5. Your Midline Is Off
How do your teeth line up with your nose? What about with your lips, or with each other?
The midline is the center point between your teeth. It’s normal to have an imperfect midline, but most of the time it’s fairly close to the center of your face.
The bottom line and the top line should almost (if not completely) line up. They should line up with the tip of your nose and your cupid’s bow as well (though this will be less exact).
Midlines aren’t a serious issue, but it’s aesthetically pleasing when they line up!
6. You Don’t Want the Hassle of Braces
So why bother with Invisalign when metal braces are an option?
Metal braces are great. They’re a tried and true method for adjusting all types of orthodontic issues. They’re efficient and they work.
That said, not everyone loves the way that they look, especially in adulthood. As a child, everyone in school has braces. As an adult, you’ll stand out. If part of your reason for getting braces is that you don’t like smiling in photos, this won’t help.
On that note, braces are also frustrating. You have more limitations as far as food goes and hygiene is more difficult.
If this bothers you, Invisalign is a great choice. It’s easy for the average adult to use, it won’t show up in photos, and you don’t have to get rid of your favorite foods.
7. You Just Don’t Like Your Teeth
Do you need a reason to get Invisalign?
The only true reason that you need is that you aren’t happy with the way your teeth look or feel. Even if you have a mild case that you aren’t sure is “worth it,” there’s nothing wrong with seeking out a consultation with a qualified orthodontist.
You deserve to love your smile. Even if other people around you can’t see what you see, you’re the one that matters. If you think you need Invisalign, you do.
Are You Ready to Start Invisalign?
Invisalign might be one of the best investments that you ever make for yourself. Having a smile that you love is life-changing. It can improve your self-esteem, protect your dental health, and give you a movie star smile that you’ll love to show off.
You deserve straight and healthy teeth.
If you’re ready for your Invisalign journey, we want to meet you. Contact us to schedule a consultation and start the path to your perfect smile today.