Can you get Invisalign if you have crooked gums? I had asked the hygienist if Invisalign would fix my smile. She just kind of laughed and said, “Not really”. I was a little embarrassed so I didn’t bother asking the dentist. But, that doesn’t fix the fact that I am embarrassed to smile. Is Invisalign impossible for me? I keep hearing they’re better than normal braces. If I have to do regular braces, I will. I’d like to do something to help my appearance.
The hygienist was quite insensitive and partially wrong. If your teeth are crooked, Invisalign can help. Some of the reasons people prefer them to traditional braces are you can straighten your teeth in secret, they’re more comfortable, they work faster than braces, and you can eat and brush more easily.
Regardless of what your hygienist says, you should always be comfortable asking your dentist anything. He or she should have the answers for any dental question you have. Even if the thing you inquire about isn’t the correct procedure, a good dentist would tell you what is, and not just leave you without answers.
While Invisalign can straighten your smile, it will not repair the crooked gums. There are procedures which will. There are two potential procedures which come to mind immediately. You’ll want something to reshape the tissue. If the unevenness is from one tooth to the next, your dentist can do a gingivectomy, it removes extra gum tissue. If, however, the gums are bulky, it would be called a gingivoplasty it involves reshaping them. Either procedure is fairly quick. It’s done in-office in a single visit and your gums will heal up fairly quickly after.
The dentist will know which procedure will help you. If there are other things such as the shape and color of your teeth bother you, the “Cadillac” of smile makeovers is to get porcelain veneers. That can completely change the appearance of your teeth and the character of your smile.
One word of caution. Almost any dentist can do the Invisalign procedure, but you’ll really need an expert cosmetic dentist to do a complete smile makeover. Something like porcelain veneers requires an artistic eye. Be sure they have some type of beautiful smile guarantee. You can look up expert cosmetic dentists in your area on the mynewsmile.com website.
I hope this helps. This blog is brought to you by Dr. Kasia Lopez.