Of course, only you can answer this post’s question. But sometimes it’s tricky knowing where to begin. You know how you feel about your teeth, and whether you have a positive or negative view of your smile. That’s simple enough. When it comes to malocclusion, things get a bit more confusing. How crooked is too crooked? Could your teeth/oral health benefit from straightening? Is now the time to pursue orthodontic treatment?
Dr. Kim Okamura can help you decide. Read on to learn more about signs that you may want to learn more about straightening your teeth, whether Invisalign could be a potential treatment option, and what you can expect from the process. If you’d like to have a conversation with Dr. Kim about your own smile, just schedule a consultation and we’ll be in touch soon.
Are My Teeth Crying Out for Orthodontic Treatment?
The only time when you “need” to do something is when the existing problem is a threat to your wellbeing – and for some patients, their occlusions are definitely problematic. For others, while their teeth don’t demand orthodontic treatment, other aspects of their lives do, most notably their confidence levels.
To put it simply: if your smile is crooked and affecting you negatively (in any way), then exploring straightening is a good idea. Some of these occlusion-related problems might include:
If your malocclusion (bad bite) requires orthodontic treatment, your dentist has probably mentioned this to you at one of your exams. You might have hesitated to pursue treatment for any number of reasons, with one of the most pressing being the appearance of metal braces. The good news is: 1) it’s never too late for orthodontic treatment, and 2) your straightening doesn’t necessarily have to involve metal brackets and wires.
Am I an Invisalign Candidate?
Invisalign is an alternative straightening method that allows teens and adults to realign their teeth without making big changes to their lives. The most significant impact Invisalign will have on you is the gorgeous new smile that it makes possible. Invisalign isn’t right for every malocclusion, but after x-rays and an exam, Dr. Kim will be able to tell whether alternative orthodontics could suit your teeth. Before your consultation, you can also take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to get a better idea of your treatment options (this is not a substitute for a consultation, just an opportunity to get more information).
Since Invisalign aligners are removable, treatment success depends upon patient actions. We’re there to help you along the way, but you’ll only have office visits every 6 weeks. In between, it’s crucial that you adhere to these steps:
If you’re ever curious about Invisalign, just give us a call! Treatment could give your teeth (and your confidence) what they’ve been missing.