Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Have you always wanted a dazzling, movie-star smile? You’re not alone in the quest for straighter, more beautiful teeth, and Invisalign can help most patients get there.  This groundbreaking system uses a series of custom-made plastic aligners that gradually shift teeth into correct alignment. Invisalign is comfortable, virtually invisible and very effective for most orthodontic issues. While Invisalign is a convenient way to improve your smile without the hassle and discomfort of bulky metal braces, it’s not recommended for everyone.

Whether you have crowding issues, an overbite, or just a few crooked teeth, the best way to find out if you’re a candidate is by seeing a qualified Invisalign provider on Long Island. Until then, here are a few variables that can help determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Are you dedicated?

Improving your smile doesn’t happen overnight. While it’s true that Invisalign is much easier than conventional braces, the system still takes discipline. The aligners, which can be removed during meal times and while brushing, must be worn for a minimum of 20-22 hours a day, and post-treatment retainers may be necessary. If you’re not dedicated to following Invisalign treatment protocols, the system won’t work.

How severe are your orthodontic issues?

Your candidacy for Invisalign will also depend on the severity of dental problems to be addressed. Patients with crooked teeth, or those with crowding or spacing issues are generally great candidates for Invisalign. However, if you have a deep underbite, a pronounced overbite or teeth requiring more than 45 degrees of rotation, your dentist may recommend traditional braces for more predictable results.

Other cases in which metal braces may be more effective than Invisalign:

  • Severe malocclusion
  • Alignment issues involving impacted teeth
  • Significant gaps between teeth exceeding 6 mm

Generally speaking, the less severe the orthodontic problem, the more likely that Invisalign will work – even for people with dental implants and other restorations.

Are your teeth and gums healthy?

Healthy teeth and gums are extremely important before starting any type of orthodontic treatment. Gingivitis and/or gum disease can worsen with use of Invisalign or metal braces, which is why all periodontal concerns must be resolved first.

Are there age restrictions?

Short answer: no. Invisalign can be a wonderful alternative to conventional braces for both teenagers and adults well into their Golden Years. However, younger patients (typically under 13) whose teeth are still actively growing will have to wait until growth stops before beginning treatment.

Schedule your Invisalign consult today!

Still unsure if you’re a good candidate? Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliott are experienced Long Island Invisalign Providers who welcome the opportunity to help new patients on their way to a beautiful smile. Find out if Invisalign is the right match for you – call today for a free consult!

Additional Resources on Invisalign Candidacy:

  1. Invisalign, Invisalign® Smile Assessment
  2. RealSelf, Candidate + Invisalign

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