Invisalign provides a series of clear aligners that straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Instead of traditional metal braces, Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for patients who want to get a straight smile subtly. However, this treatment may not work for all patients. So, what makes a patient a good candidate for Invisalign?

Severity of Orthodontic Issues

If you or your child has severe orthodontic issues, traditional treatment options may work better for you. Invisalign works best on patients with mild to moderate underbites, overbites, crossbites, crowding, or spacing. If you suffer from severe orthodontic problems, traditional metal braces or jaw surgery may be better for you.

Age

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen work well for older teens and adults whose teeth have stopped growing. Young children are still developing, and the changing jaw structure can cause teeth to shift as they get older. We recommend traditional braces options for children and young teens to ensure long-lasting results.

Dedication

When you get clear braces, you must commit to following treatment instructions. These clear aligners are similar to retainers in that you can take them out to eat or drink, but you must wear them for at least 22 hours a day. If you know you will be tempted to take your aligners out for a longer period of time each day, you may want to look into other forms of treatment to get the best possible results.

Are You Ready for Your New Smile?

If you feel you or your teen will make a good candidate for Invisalign, the first step is to schedule an evaluation. We can assess your bite problems and determine the best treatment option for your individual needs. Contact our Joplin Dental Office today to schedule a consultation with our Certified Elite Invisalign Providers. If we determine that clear aligners are right for you, we can get you started right away!