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Can You Still Get Invisalign if You’ve Already Had Braces?

July 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — willowbendbraces @ 6:12 am
Woman putting clear aligners in her mouth

Many of us undergo orthodontic treatment in our teenage years. There’s nothing like the relief and joy of finally getting your braces removed. However, it’s not unusual for people to stop wearing their retainers for one reason or another. This can cause your once-straightened teeth to become crooked again. Here’s why even if you’ve already had braces, you can still get Invisalign.

Can I Get Invisalign After Having Braces?

As you age, your teeth will naturally shift. Once your braces have been removed, it can be hard to remember to wear your retainer since it’s not stuck to your teeth the way your braces were.

The natural progression of your teeth is to shift back to their original positions, but your retainer is designed to halt that motion and keep your teeth aligned. If you’re not wearing your retainers as recommended, your teeth can change their position after your orthodontic treatment. The natural progression of your teeth is to shift back to their original positions, but your retainer is designed to halt that motion and keep your teeth aligned.

If you’ve already gone through orthodontic treatment, you can still be a good candidate for Invisalign! Many adults actually prefer clear aligners over traditional braces. Ask your dentist if Invisalign is an option for your smile goals.

The Benefits of Invisalign

If you’ve already undergone orthodontic treatment through traditional braces and your teeth have moved since then, Invisalign is a viable solution. Clear aligners can straighten mild to moderate orthodontic problems and offer benefits that traditional braces can’t.

Here are some of the unique advantages of choosing Invisalign for your realignment needs:

  • Shorter treatment time – Most patients will need to wear braces for around 18-24 months, but some cases can take 3 years. On average, Invisalign treatment takes 12-18 months, but some cases can take as few as 6 months.
  • No metal mouth – Invisalign is clear and virtually invisible, and unlike the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces, your treatment will be very discreet. 
  • Eat what you want – Since Invisalign is removable, you don’t have to change your diet like you would have to with traditional braces. Simply take off your aligners before eating.

If Invisalign sounds like it’s right for you, consult your dentist about whether or not you could be a good candidate. You’ll have your smile back in no time!

About the Practice

At Willow Bend Orthodontics of Plano, your smile is in the capable hands of Drs. Tamara Jones and Megan Hanson. Their practice offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign. Drs. Jones and Hanson prioritize your comfort and use their advanced training and expertise to ensure you have a good experience. If you’re looking to get Invisalign to realign your teeth after braces, contact Willow Bend Orthodontics of Plano at their website or by phone at (972) 732-1400.

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