7 Questions to help you decide if at home aligners are right for you
At home clear aligner therapy is a new phenomenon. More and more people are becoming interested in straightening their teeth at the convenience of their own home. At home clear aligner therapy is convenient and more affordable. But will it work for you? Complete the following quiz to see how likely you are to qualify at home clear aligner treatment:
Complete our at home clear aligner assessment quiz to see how likely you are to qualify. The quiz will yield a percentage of how likely you are to qualify for at home clear aligner treatment. The higher your percentage, the more likely you are to be a candidate for at home aligner therapy. This means that you can straightened your teeth at home with SmileDirectClub™, Candid Co.™, Byte™ or Even28 at-home™ clear aligners at the convenience of your very own home. Let's take a look at the different questions to see how they impact your odds of qualifying for at home clear aligner treatment:
Questions 1 - Front or back teeth problem?
Clear aligners work wonders when it comes to fixing your front teeth. You can use clear aligners to address most problems with your front teeth. This includes closing gaps, straightening crooked teeth, rotating your front teeth and so much more. However, if your main concern is fixing your back teeth, then at home clear aligners are ineffective. Consider dentist-delivered clear aligners or braces instead.
Questions 2 - Bite problems
At home clear aligner treatment is ineffective when it comes to moving your back teeth. While clear aligners can move your back teeth, they're really not meant for correcting underlying bite problems. Therefore, if you have bite problems don't expect at home aligners to fix them. In fact, wearing unsupervised aligners can make your bite situation worse! You should never fix your teeth at home if you have existing bite issues. See a dentist or orthodontist and go for dentist-delivered clear aligners or braces instead.
Questions 3 - Underlying orthodontic problem
At home aligners are suitable for fixing four types of orthodontic conditions. Lets take a look at orthodontic cases which may qualify for at home clear aligners:
Gap teeth (Spacing) - Gap teeth refers to having spaces in between your teeth. Clear aligners are very effective at fixing gap teeth and closing these spaces. Clear aligners are very effective at closing gap teeth. Treatment is typically quick, easy and convenient. Plus, most gap teeth qualify for at home clear aligners and don't require dentist visits. To learn more about gap teeth click here.
Crowded teeth - If your only problem is a few crooked front teeth then clear aligners are likely to work very well for you. Clear aligners can fix most crooked teeth conditions. Simpler cases can be fixed with at home clear aligners. More complicated cases should be treated with dentist delivered clear aligners instead. This is because when there is severe crowding your dentist needs to create additional spacing for proper tooth movement. To learn more about crowded teeth click here.
Overbite - Many overbite cases can be fixed with clear aligners. Very mild overbite conditions can be fixed with at home aligners. More advanced overbite conditions require at dentist aligners instead. This is because your dentist needs to perform procedures to create spacing for better tooth movement. The most severe of all overbite cases require braces in place of aligners. To learn more about overbites click here.
Open bite - Many open bite cases can also be fixed with clear aligners instead of braces. Mild open bite conditions can be fixed with at home aligners. Moderate open bite treatment requires at dentist aligners. Your dentist needs to carefully monitor your progress and evaluate your bite throughout treatment of more advanced open bite conditions. Severe open bite conditions don't qualify for clear aligners and require braces instead. To learn more about open bites click here.
Orthodontic relapse - Orthodontic relapse occurs when your teeth start shifting to their original position a few years after orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontic relapse cases are perfect candidates for clear aligners. Since your teeth are already used to being moved, it's easier to move them a second time. What's best, many orthodontic relapse cases actually qualify for at home clear aligners, thus saving you time and money.
Question 4 - Your existing dental restorations
There are a few important dental conditions which can affect your clear aligner therapy. Therefore, you always need to consider these conditions before starting your clear aligner treatment. Let's take a look at which dental conditions have an impact on clear aligner therapy:
Missing teeth - Having a missing tooth or two does not mean that you can't straighten your teeth with clear aligners. However, it's important to have a plan for your missing teeth before starting clear aligner treatment. It's important that your dentist carefully opens up these missing spaces. Also be sure to fill in these gaps as soon as your treatment is complete. Otherwise your teeth will shift into the gap and render your clear aligner treatment ineffective! Large gaps are typically filled in with either a dental implant or bridge after completing your clear aligner treatment.
Baby teeth - Baby teeth don't restrict your clear aligner treatment but you always need to be aware of them. Be ready to remove them once they become loose and replace them with a dental implant or bridge.
Dental implant - Clear aligners can not move dental implants. Let your dentist know if you already have a dental implant in your mouth. At home clear aligner treatment is risky as it may damage your existing implant. Consider at dentist clear aligner treatment instead. Your dentist will let the aligner lab know where the dental implant is located. The lab will design your clear aligners to avoid placing forces on your dental implant and potentially damaging them. Your dentist will verify that there are no forces being placed onto your dental implant.
Bridge - Bridges, similar to dental implants, can not be moved with clear aligners. You must follow the same protocol as dental implants if you have an existing bridge in your mouth. Talk to your dentist to make sure that they are aware of your existing bridge. This way they can design your clear aligners to avoid stressing and damaging your bridge.
Porcelain veneers - It's always best to straighten your teeth with clear aligners before placing porcelain veneers on them. But what if you already have porcelain veneers on your teeth and want to wear clear aligners? If this is the case, then there's a good chance that you will have to replace your porcelain veneers after finishing your clear aligner treatment. This is not a bad option if your porcelain veneers are older and need replacement. However, if your porcelain veneers were done recently and you're happy with them, then it gets tricky. You want to avoid moving the teeth with porcelain veneers on them during clear aligner therapy. Talk to your dentist about to decide what the best course of action is before starting clear aligner treatment.
If you have extensive dental work in your mouth, be sure to talk to your dentist before starting clear aligner therapy. At home clear aligner therapy without proper dentist supervision can damage your existing dental restorations. We recommend that you consider going with Invisalign® or Even28 at-dentist clear aligners instead. This allows your dentist to keep a close eye on your progress to make sure that you don't run into any unexpected problems. Otherwise, it's very likely that you will have to redo your crowns, bridges, dental implants, etc. once you're done with your aligner program.
Questions 5 & 6 - Clearance to wear aligners
You always require a thorough exam and dental cleaning before starting any type of clear aligner therapy. Address your existing dental cavities and gum disease before straightening your teeth. It's risky and dangerous to wear clear aligners if you already have existing cavities or gum disease. This could lead to pain, infection and even tooth loss! If you’ve already seen a dentist within the past 6 months and everything checked out okay then you're all set to start your aligner treatment. Otherwise, visit your dentist first to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to support clear aligners. Once you've fixed all major underlying dental issues, you're ready to start your clear aligner journey right away!
Question 7 - Wisdom teeth?
You should be aware if there are wisdom teeth in your mouth before starting any type of orthodontic treatment. We always recommended that you remove your wisdom teeth if they're going to be a a problem. Of course, this doesn't mean that you can’t start clear aligner treatment if you still have wisdom teeth in your mouth. If you choose to keep your wisdom teeth, then there are a few steps to take to make sure they don't cause a problem in the future.
If you choose to keep your wisdom teeth for the time being, then be sure to wear your clear retainers. Otherwise, your wisdom teeth can push on your teeth and cause them to shift back to their original position within a few years. Alternatively, consider placing a fixed retainer on your teeth instead of wearing a removable one. Fixed retainers are better at preventing your teeth from shifting due to wisdom tooth pressure. Talk to your dentist to see if it's okay to keep your wisdom teeth and discuss the type of retainer that's best suited to your needs.
Interested to see if you're a candidate for at home clear aligners without actually seeing a dentist? Then purchase our "Am I a Candidate for Clear Aligners? Even28 Assessment Kit" today. All you have to do is take your impressions and bite following the instructions provided. Send these back to our lab and our dentists will analyze them. We will let you know what your options are:
- At-home clear aligners
- Dentist-delivered clear aligners
We'll even let you know approximately how long your treatment is going to take. Plus, we will send you a 3-D animation of your projected tooth movement. Keep in mind that this is just an assessment kit. There are no obligations to purchase any additional treatment or see a dentist or orthodontist: