A 44-year-old member asked:
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my bite does not line up at all! personally, i'd rather use invisalign instead of braces, but what would you recommend?

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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
29 years experience Orthodontics
Visit An Ortho: If your bite does not align properly, you would be wise to make a consultation appointment with an orthodontic specialist. There are general dentists who use invisalign, but are not trained to properly diagnose and treatment plan the vast variety of malocclusions. Some malocclusions are not condusive to be treated with removalbe clear aligners. A speciality consult is your best bet.
Answered on Apr 14, 2014
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
27 years experience Orthodontics
Talk to orthodontist: Invisalign may be a viable option based on your case, but only an orthodontist can tell. Typically they give a free exam.
Answered on Dec 20, 2013
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
That depends: Regular braces are attached to your teeth. They are harder to clean but you don't have to worry about losing them. Invisalign is removable. This makes cleaning your teeth easier, but if you lose them or forget to put them in they will not work. So which is better partially depends on the patient's personally. Also regular braces can correct some conditions that invisalign can not.
Answered on Dec 20, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
See a Pro for advice: Clear aligners are only about half as effective as braces, and are NOT for complex cases, especially if there is a strong skeletal component. As malocclusions are like snowflakes, no two are alike, call a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for an examination (usually free or very low cost) to see what treatment modalities would work best for you.
Answered on Jul 15, 2014
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Invisalign: Depending on your bite, Invisalign may or may not be an option for you. The only way to know is by having an evaluation. Many orthodontists do Invisalign as well as conventional orthodontics depending on the patient. Check the Invisalign website for an orthodontist near you.
Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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