My teeth are pretty bad but I don't want traditional braces because I ride horses and don't want to risk injuring my mouth more than I already do because of there being metal.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign for Teens?
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I am a horse person too!!!
Yours appears to be a complex case that shoudl be treated by an orthodontic specialist in order to acheive the best results. Because of some limitations, Invisalign is likely not best for your situation. You should know that people who do all kinds of activities, including contact sports, do just fine with braces. As an avid horse person I don't see a whole lot of instances where your mouth would be hurt with your braces, unless a) you have an ill mannered horse that throws their head around, or b) you get tossed and hit the ground alot. So yes, poor mannered horses and broncs are out. Otherwise you should be fine. Girls at my barn have braces (and are my patients too!)
Invisalign for severe crowding
If you look at the photo of your upper teeth you can see that the cuspid tooth is completely overlaying the lateral incisor tooth, which is back in your palate. This means that however you are treated there will be some major tooth movement with large movements of tooth root movement as well. Such movements are best accomplished with braces, and there are tooth colored esthetic braces that would work well. You can use a mouth guard to protect your lips during sports, so injuring your mouth with the braces is not really a worry. Be sure to get a consultation with an orthodontic specialist who is expereinced with both braces and Invisalign to find out what the possiblities are for your case. Sometimes you can do part of the job with Invisalign and part of it with braces (although this is more expensive).
Am I a Invisalign teen case
From the looks of your pictures you seem to have a sever amount of crowding...Although it is almost always possible to treat crowded cases without extractions (either with braces or Invisalign)...this is often not the most esthetic or stable way to do things. If you do need extractions, it is much more difficult (though not impossible ) to treat you with Invisalign. Without extractions you would be easier to treat with Invisalign, but this is probably not the right treatment for you!
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Candidate for Invisalign for Teens
From the pictures you sent, you appear to have a complex case and traditional orthodontics would be best. Invisalign may be possible, but would take a long time and more than one set of trays. Be sure to see an orthodontist or dentist with significant experience with traditional and invisalign orthodontics. Have fun with your horses.
Invisalign teen may not be the answer
From what I can see from your pictures, I think a combination of functional orthodontic therapy (to expand the roof of your mouth without surgery) and then either conventional braces or Invisalign would be the best option for you. It's impossible to tell without an exam of course, so I would recommend setting up a consultation with either an orthodontist or a dentist with orthodontic experience treating constricted jaws and severe crowding.
Invisalign has its limitations and some cases will have a better final results if braces are placed. Most orthodontist consultations are free, they can show you different type of brackets they can use. Good luck and have fun with your horses!!