If your teeth are crooked or otherwise misaligned, you may have thought about metal braces as a way to perfect your smile. However, the "metal mouth" aspect might be what's holding you back from getting the teeth straightening you want. If that's the case, you might want to consider an invisible teeth straightening device like Invisalign or ClearCorrect. The only problem is that not everyone is a good candidate for this type of teeth straightening. Take this quick 3 question quiz to learn whether invisible teeth straightening is right for you.
What is Your Teeth Alignment Problem?
Invisible teeth straightening devices can correct a variety of minor to moderate teeth alignment problems. Teeth alignment issues that may benefit from invisible teeth straighteners include:
- Overbite: if your top row of teeth significantly overlaps your bottom row of teeth
- Underbite: if your bottom row of teeth significantly overlaps your top teeth
- Crossbite: if you have some teeth that are closer to your cheek or your tongue than they should be
As long as your degree of overbite, underbite, or crossbite isn't severe, you might be a good candidate for invisible teeth straightening.
Can You Make a Firm Commitment?
What kind of commitment can you make to your teeth straightening regimen? If you have metal braces, you don't need to worry about much in the way of maintenance other than tightening at the dentist or orthodontist every 6-8 weeks.
With invisible teeth straighteners, it's very important that you're able to make a full commitment to wearing them -- and to keeping up with them. Invisible teeth straighteners are worn for most of the day and night, but you'll remove them for teeth cleaning and for eating. If you aren't willing to be quite strict about wearing your teeth straighteners -- and placing them back in your mouth straight away after eating and brushing -- metal braces might be a better choice.
Are you Able to Pay Out of Pocket or Can You Arrange Financing?
Dental insurance providers generally consider invisible teeth straighteners to be a cosmetic dentistry device. This means that they aren't normally covered by dental insurance, so you'll need to pay out of pocket or arrange financing to cover the cost. Whilst teeth straightening may be covered by dental insurance in some cases, it often applies only to the more significant cases of misalignment and thus usually includes only metal braces.
After answering the questions above, you can have a good idea of whether invisible teeth straightening may be right for you. Contact your cosmetic dentist to learn more about how you can get a straighter smile now.