Could I Be a Candidate for Invisalign?

Could I Be a Candidate for Invisalign?

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Teens and adults with minor to moderate problems with teeth alignment, and those with a minor to moderate bite condition (malocclusion) are often great candidates for Invisalign. However, to confirm you’re a candidate for Invisalign, you’ll need to book a consultation with an experienced orthodontist. Read on to learn what your orthodontist will look for when evaluating you for Invisalign.

Eligibility for Invisalign: What to Know

In order to be an eligible candidate for Invisalign, you’ll need to have all of your adult teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ll need to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant or bridge. In many cases, Invisalign can be successfully used in conjunction with dental bridges, crowns, dental implants, and fillings.

The second requirement to be approved for Invisalign treatment is good oral health. If you have active gum disease, any sign of infection, or deep cavities, you’ll need to have those treated before beginning your orthodontic care with Invisalign.  Fillings or crowns will change the shape of your teeth a tiny bit, and you’ll need your Invisalign trays to be made to fit the restored teeth.

The third requirement for Invisalign is that you have a condition that Invisalign can treat. Invisalign is best suited for those with mild to moderate alignment and bite problems. Problems such as significant gaps, significant crowding, or severe malocclusion (overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite) may require treatment with braces.  

The fourth requirement for Invisalign is a commitment to treatment. Invisalign requires that patients comply with wearing their trays at least 20 hours per day. This puts patients in control of their progress, unlike braces which are bonded to the teeth. So, patients are encouraged to be honest about how likely they are to cut corners or forget to wear their trays as prescribed. 

Failing to wear the trays as prescribed will lead to prolonged treatment and delayed results. On the other hand, those who wear their trays at all times unless eating, drinking, or wearing a sports guard, will often see results very quickly.  

Clear Braces: An Alternative to Invisalign

If you or your child are not a good candidate for Invisalign, Radiance® clear braces may be an excellent alternative. Clear braces are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Although older types of clear braces once had a reputation for staining, Radiance braces do not stain. They are made from polished sapphire and blend in with your teeth. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign 

How old do you have to be to get Invisalign?

Teenagers who have all of their adult teeth, and good oral health are eligible for Invisalign. Responsible patients as young as 13 may be excellent candidates for Invisalign. Early (interceptive) orthodontic treatment may begin even earlier. 

Is Invisalign suitable for a teenager?

It depends. If your teenager is responsible, Invisalign can work wonderfully. However, if your teen has a tendency to lose things, or you are not sure that they will wear the trays as prescribed, clear braces may be a better alternative. 

Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Las Cruces

If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Coombs at Las Cruces Orthodontics. Dr. Coombs is a Google 5.0-Star reviewed orthodontist in Las Cruces, NM providing comprehensive care for children, teens, and adults. Call 575-640-3367 or message us to book an appointment.