a 23 yr old female looking to straighten my teeth. Ive been doing alot of reserch on invisalign and have even gone to a consultation once earlier this year. I have a canine tooth that is completely sideways, a slite under bite and crowed teeth. Im hopeful that I'm a candidate for invisalign, but after going to that consultation they told me that I would need braces first. I honestly rather wait until invisalign became more advanced then to wear braces. Help?!
Am I candidate for Invisalign? (photo)
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Sarah Thompson, DMD
Am I candidate for Invisalign (canine turned sideways, under bite and crowding ?
You are a potential candidate for Invisalign but you will definitely have to do some prep work before Invisalign can be used.
Your rotated canine, under bite and crowding are all indications that your upper arch is underdeveloped. A simple removable appliance will develop your upper arch to eliminate the crowding that is blocking out your canine and giving you an under bite.
After your upper arch is fully developed you can use Invisalign to straighten your teeth but it would be virtually impossible to attempt a 90 degree rotation of your canine with Invisalign alone. If you don't want to wear conventional braces then another option would be to restore the canine with a veneer after the rest of your teeth are properly aligned.
How long for invisalign
hard to tell looking at your photos but if your canine tooth is "sideways" then it is rotated around 90 degrees. Invisalign has a hard time rotating canines, and can only rotate maybe 2 degrees per aligner so this would mean 45 sets of aligners (at least 90 weeks!)...since the rest of your problems would take many less aligners sometimes it is best to rotate the canine with partial braces first and then finish in Invisalign
Of course you can just correct the other teeth and leave the canine rotated...gets you a fair result and this can be done strictly with Invisalign but, if the canine is really sideways I would not try to do this totally with Invisalign and I don't think that there is any breakthrough in Invisalign in the future that will change this
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