Am I an Invisalign Candidate?
At our Joplin practice, Dr. John Durling uses Invisalign to help improve patients’ smiles quickly and conveniently. With Invisalign, we can correct gaps, spacing issues, crooked teeth, and a number of other orthodontic flaws in months without the hassle, discomfort, and appearance of traditional metal braces. If you are interested in perfecting your smile with Invisalign in Joplin, read on to learn about how we determine Invisalign candidates then contact us to schedule a free consultation and evaluation to see whether Invisalign is the right solution for you.
Basic Guidelines for Establishing Invisalign Candidates
Generally speaking, a good candidate for Invisalign is someone who:
- Has no untreated cavities
- Has no gum (periodontal) disease
- Practices a good oral hygiene routine
- Does not smoke
- Is committed to following the treatment plan
Orthodontic Issues Invisalign Can Correct
Invisalign is a great way to perfect smiles that are marred by minor to moderate orthodontic imperfections, including:
- Uneven tooth spacing
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Some bite abnormalities
At our Joplin practice, we use Invisalign most commonly to correct spacing issues and crowding. While we have used Invisalign for patients with bite problems such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite, these conditions often require more intensive treatment and may be better suited for traditional metal braces.
Invisalign Age Guidelines
The majority of the Invisalign patients at our Joplin practice are adults who desire minor to moderate orthodontic adjustment but don’t want traditional braces because they are inconvenient and unattractive. However, Invisalign or Invisalign Teen is also appropriate for patients over the age of twelve whose second molars have already come in. Many patients in their teenage years feel self-conscious about their appearance as it is, and wearing metal braces only makes them feel more insecure. With Invisalign, our patients of all ages can smile with confidence.
Existing Dental Work
Patients who already have restorative dentistry modifications such as crowns and bridges may still be strong candidates for Invisalign with Dr. John Durling in Joplin. It is very uncommon for dental crowns to interfere with the treatment process, though sometimes a piece of dental hardware known as an attachment may be used to ensure optimal results. While in some cases dental bridges can interfere with the controlled force approach that Invisalign is based on, some patients who have bridges achieve stunning results with Invisalign. As with any cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics treatment, Invisalign candidacy needs to be established on a case-by-case basis.
Contact our Joplin Dentist Office for Invisalign
Are you interested in straightening your smile with Invisalign at our Joplin practice? If so, the first step you need to take is to schedule a free and informative Invisalign consultation with Dr. John Durling. During your consultation, Dr. John Durling will conduct an initial screening and discuss your orthodontic issues and goals to help determine whether you are a good candidate for orthodontics with Invisalign. Contact Dr. John Durling today to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign and your Invisalign options at our practice in Joplin.