What to Do if You Can’t Use Invisalign

Woman who can't use Invisalign

It’s true, Invisalign has revolutionized the way we approach orthodontic treatment, so much so that many patients don’t even want to hear about other ways to correct their teeth. Although Invisalign can treat a number of different issues, it’s not for everyone, which can be a disappointment if you find out Invisalign isn’t right for you. Don’t despair! There are many ways to get a beautiful smile if Invisalign isn’t recommended for you. Here’s what to do if you can’t use Invisalign.

Why Am I Not a Candidate for Invisalign?

You may be asking yourself why Invisalign isn’t recommended for you. After all, it seems as though everyone is doing it these days, so why can’t you? Invisalign treats many issues with the alignment of the teeth as well we spacing, and is available in different options, ranging from mild correction to more severe. The Invisalign treatment process consists of clear, plastic, removable aligners, which are switched out periodically to correct position of the teeth. The aligners must be worn at all times, and can only be removed when eating and drinking.

If your issue is deemed too severe for Invisalign to correct, your orthodontist may recommend that you approach your treatment with braces instead. The main factors that contribute to the recommendation of other means of treatment include:

  • The severity of your issue
  • Your orthodontist’s evaluation and diagnosis
  • Your orthodontist’s experience with Invisalign

Invisalign may not be your best form of treatment if you have a severe issue overbite or underbite or if your teeth are extremely misaligned.

Alternative Treatment Options

Just because Invisalign isn’t right for your unique situation, doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to a perfect smile. For these more severe issues, your orthodontist may recommend braces, so embrace them by opting for a stylish alternative to traditional metal braces. Other options for braces include:

  • Gold braces
  • Champagne braces
  • Clear/ceramic braces

These options not only correct severe issues with the teeth, they’re also more discreet, blending effortlessly into everyday life. Gold and champagne braces bring a stylish twist to orthodontic treatment, while ceramic braces provide patients with a barely-there approach. No matter your style, there is a braces option to fit your needs.

Your Orthodontic Treatment Path

Don’t feel down about not being a candidate for Invisalign. Instead, approach it with a positive attitude and know your orthodontist only has the best intentions for you. Feel good that your orthodontist was upfront with you about your issue and you have other methods of treatment to choose from to get the spectacular smile you’ve always wanted. Braces have come a long way since the bulky metal varieties in previous years. Now, you can express your individuality and style, all while getting that priceless smile.

At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we have your best interests in mind when we craft the right treatment plan for you. Call (843) 4-BRACES to explore your options for a spectacular smile.

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