Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign? - Smile Dental Center

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young girl holding Invisalign trayIn recent years, clear aligners have gained popularity over traditional braces. Invisalign are removable alignment trays, custom-made to fit your teeth. This alternative to metal braces is taken out whenever you eat and trays do not have sharp edges that can irritate gums.

As your teeth shift through each stage of treatment, you will receive new trays with an adjusted shape. Gradually, you’ll begin to notice your smile becoming straighter.

Despite their many benefits, Invisalign is not for everyone. The following circumstances warrant clear aligners.

You’re an Older Teen or Adult

The jaw stops growing by our late teenage years. Invisalign works its best once adult teeth have come in and the jaw is set.

In addition to the physical factors, Invisalign requires some degree of responsibility on behalf of the patient. You must remember to follow the treatment instructions, including wearing the trays for at least 22 hours a day.

Younger patients may risk losing the trays, forget to put them back in after eating or fail to change aligners every two weeks without a parent’s reminder.

You’re Disciplined

Age aside, you must be able to stick to a schedule with Invisalign. The trays need to be taken out when eating or drinking anything but water and put back in for at least 22 hours a day.

You also need to routinely check your treatment schedule to switch out the trays at the right time. If you’re forgetful or and have a habit of losing things, Invisalign might not provide the results you want.

You Have Minor Orthodontic Problems

Invisalign is typically recommended for minor orthodontic issues. In general, the trays help correct teeth alignment, but are not strong enough to address jaw structure or positioning. You may benefit from Invisalign if you’re dealing with:

  • Crooked or slightly overlapping teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth out of their proper position
  • Overcrowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor crossbites
  • Minor open bites, underbites and overbites

Who’s Not a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

The following individuals may be steered toward other orthodontic treatments, like traditional braces:

  • Patients with gum disease or cavities – these need to be addressed before starting Invisalign.
  • Patients with large overbites that require surgery to correct jaw positioning.
  • Children and young teens whose teeth and jaws are still growing.
  • Patients who have implants, bridges or TMJ may encounter challenges with Invisalign.
  • Individuals who smoke – the clear aligners may end up discolored over time.
  • Patients who need additional cosmetic dental work to improve teeth appearance.
  • Elderly patients who may find it difficult to physically remove the clear trays.

If you’re interested in fixing the appearance of your smile, contact us to learn more about Invisalign today.