4 Questions to help you decide if you qualify for clear aligners

DO I QUALIFY FOR CLEAR ALIGNERS?

Online clear aligner assessment quiz

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If you're looking for ways to straighten your smile, chances are you're deciding between clear aligners or braces. Clear aligners are a more modern alternative to braces. More and more people are choosing clear aligners to straighten their smiles over braces. Clear aligners are more comfortable and they are nearly invisible. You can remove your aligners to eat, drink and clean your teeth. On the other hand, braces hurt more, they cause more bruising and they can never be removed by yourself. But before you get too excited about clear aligners, you need to make sure that you're a candidate for them. Take the following quiz to see how likely you are to qualify for clear aligners:

CLEAR ALIGNER QUIZ EXPLANATIONS

What you need to know before starting clear aligner therapy

The quiz above helps your determine how likely you are to qualify for clear aligner treatment over traditional braces. The quiz yields a percentage which shows how likely you are to qualify for clear aligner therapy. The higher the percentage, the more likely you are to be a good candidate for wearing clear aligners. Lower percentages indicate that you're not a good candidate for clear aligners. Consider going with braces instead. Let's take a closer look to better understand what qualifies you for clear aligners:

Questions 1 - Your orthodontic condition

The most important criteria in deciding whether or not you qualify for clear aligners is your underlying orthodontic condition. Certain orthodontic conditions are easily fixed with clear aligners while others can only be fixed with braces. Let's discuss different orthodontic conditions to see which ones are good candidates for clear aligners and which ones aren't:

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An example of different orthodontic conditions: Some are good candidates for clear aligner therapy while others generally require braces.

Gap teeth (spacing) - Gap teeth refers to when you have spaces between your teeth. Clear aligners are fabulous when it comes to closing gap teeth. You can close almost all gap teeth with relative ease using clear aligners. Most gap teeth conditions can be fixed in just a few easy months with clear aligners. To learn more about closing gap teeth using clear aligners click here.

Crowded teeth - Straightening crowded teeth is another place where clear aligners shine. If all you need is to straighten a couple of front teeth then you're very likely to qualify for clear aligners. Keep in mind that teeth crowding combined with other underlying orthodontic conditions such as an overbite, underbite, etc. can get complicated. However, teeth crowding in the absence of other serious orthodontic conditions is usually a perfect candidate for clear aligner therapy. To learn more about fixing your crowded teeth with clear aligners click here.

Overbite - An overbite is when your upper front teeth are positioned too far out in front of the lower ones. Having an overbite could give you a buck tooth appearance and increases your chances of breaking your front teeth. Clear aligners can fix most mild to moderate overbite conditions. Tiny overbites can be fixed using at home clear aligners. Mediocre overbites require dentist-directed clear aligners in order to create additional space for tooth movement. To learn more about fixing overbites using clear aligners click here.

Open bite - Open bite is when you close your mouth but there is a gap between your front teeth in the horizontal space. Normally, there's not supposed to be any gap and your front teeth are supposed to overlap the lower ones. Most open bites are the result of childhood thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Some open bite cases qualify for clear aligner treatment. It's always recommended to fix open bites using dentist-delivered clear aligner programs like Invisalign® or Even28 at-dentist™.  Regular dentist supervision is required to make sure that everything goes as planned. Advanced open bite conditions can not be fixed with clear aligners and they require braces instead. To learn more about fixing open bites using clear aligners click here..

Underbite - An underbite is whenever your lower front teeth stick out in front of the upper ones. Underbites are typically the result of an oversized lower jaw. Unfortunately, fixing underbites is very difficult and clear aligners usually don't help much. Most underbites require braces, often times in association with tooth extraction, head gears or even jaw surgery. To learn more about fixing your underbite condition click here.

Crossbite - A crossbite occurs whenever your top back teeth sit on the outside of the lower back teeth. This is the exact opposite of how your back teeth are supposed to sit. Again, clear aligners are not very effective at correcting crossbites. Fixing crossbites typically requires braces and possibly other orthodontic treatments. To learn more about fixing your crossbite click here.

Orthodontic relapse - You're much more likely to qualify for clear aligners if you had braces or aligners in the past. This is because your teeth are already used to moving, therefore they respond very well to clear aligner treatment. Most orthodontic relapse cases are great candidates for clear aligner therapy. Plus, treatment can usually be completed within just a few months

Questions 2 - Severity of your orthodontic condition 

The next most important factor in determining whether or not you're a candidate for clear aligner therapy is the severity of your orthodontic condition. The milder your orthodontic condition, the more likely you are to qualify for clear aligners over braces. For example, mild to moderate overbite conditions can generally be fixed with clear aligners. On the opposite hand, severe overbite always requires braces, possibly in conjunction with tooth extraction and other orthodontic treatments. Therefore, the more advanced your orthodontic condition, the less likely you are to be eligible for clear aligners.

Questions 3 - Your bite

Basically, your bite refers to how your back teeth come into contact with one another once you close your mouth:

  • A good bite is where all of your back teeth come into contact with each other. Having a good bite is very important to the long-term health of your teeth. A good bite relationship helps spread forces among your back teeth to better protect you teeth.
  • A poor bite is when several back teeth don't make proper contact once your mouth is closed. Having a poor bite relationship causes your back teeth to become overstressed. Over time, this leads to fracture of your back teeth and chipping of your front teeth. Having a poor bite relationship can also be a trigger for headaches, TMJ pain and other head and neck related problems.

Clear aligners are not very effective when it comes to correcting your bite relationship. Bite correction requires dentist supervision. Minor bite corrections can be accomplished using dentist-delivered clear aligner programs like Invisalign® or Even28 at-dentist™. More complex bite corrections always require braces insteadof clear aligners.

Questions 4 - Past orthodontic history

It's much easier to straighten your teeth if you've already had braces or aligners in the past. Clear aligners work extremely well when it comes to correcting orthodontic relapse. Most patients who have had braces in the past don't want to wear brackets and wires all over again. Luckily, clear aligners are the perfect solution here. Clear aligner therapy can straighten most orthodontic relapse conditions so you don't have to wear braces all over again!

STRAIGHTEN YOUR SMILE WITH CLEAR ALIGNERS

Find a clear aligner provider near you

Now that you know you qualify for clear aligners it's time to find a dentist to fix your smile. Straightening your smile with clear aligners is easier than you think. Plus, clear aligner therapy is more convenient and affordable than ever. Find a clear aligner provider near you to get started with your straight smile today. Try using Even28's Dentist Search Engine to browse nearby dentists and learn more about which clear aligner programs they offer: