The Ideal Candidates For Invisalign Treatment

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Dr. Justin Soon

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The Ideal Candidates For Invisalign Treatment

There is more to having straight teeth than just aesthetics. Having properly aligned teeth is important for oral health and overall well-being.

Crooked teeth can lead to various health problems. This is why more and more people are choosing Invisalign to get straight teeth and a straighter smile.

Invisalign is a great option for those looking for an alternative to traditional braces. It is a series of clear, customised aligners that gradually straighten your teeth over time.

If you are considering Invisalign treatment, it is important to determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. In this blog post, we will discuss the characteristics of an ideal Invisalign candidate. If you are unsure if you qualify, read on! We will help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.

Who Are The Ideal Candidates For Invisalign Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is not just for teenagers anymore. In fact, more and more adults are seeking out orthodontic treatment to address alignment issues and achieve a straighter, more evenly-spaced smile.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Here are the qualities that make someone an ideal candidate for Invisalign treatment:

You have mild to moderate orthodontic issues.

Invisalign is designed to manage mild to moderate dental issues, such as:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Teeth gaps
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite

If your alignment problems are more severe, Invisalign may not be the right treatment for you.

  • You have good oral health.
    To be a candidate for Invisalign, you must have good oral health. You must have healthy gums and teeth and no active cavities or gum disease. If you do, these will need to be managed before proceeding with treatment.

  • You are committed to wearing your aligners.
    To achieve ideal results, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours daily. This can be a challenge for some people, so if you are hesitant that you will be able to commit to wearing your aligners as instructed, Invisalign may not be right for you.

  • You are willing to follow the treatment plan.
    For Invisalign to work properly, you must follow the treatment plan provided by your dentist. This means showing up for scheduled appointments and swapping out aligners as instructed.

  • You do not have very complex orthodontic issues.
    If your orthodontic issues are very complex, Invisalign may not be able to provide the results you are looking for.

  • You do not smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products.
    Smoking is harmful to your overall and oral health, and can stain your aligners. So if you currently smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, you may want to consider quitting before getting Invisalign.

  • You do not have allergies to plastic or latex.
    Since Invisalign aligners are made of plastic, if you are allergic to plastic or latex, Invisalign may not be right for you.

  • You have realistic expectations about the results of treatment.
    It is important to remember that orthodontic treatment is a gradual process, so you must have realistic expectations about treatment results.

  • You understand the financial commitment involved.
    Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, so it is important to understand the financial commitment involved before beginning treatment.

    You may be an ideal candidate for Invisalign if you meet these criteria. Talk to your dentist today to find out if this type of orthodontic treatment is right for you.

What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?

There are many benefits of Invisalign treatment, including the fact that it is:

  • Comfortable:
    Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable material that will not irritate the soft tissues in your mouth, such as your gums or cheeks, as metal brackets and wires can.

  • Removable:
    You can take your Invisalign aligners out to eat, brush, and floss, so you don’t have to worry about food particles getting stuck in your braces.

  • Discreet:
    Because the aligners are clear, they are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

  • Effective:
    Invisalign has been proven to be an effective orthodontic treatment option for both adults and teenagers.

  • Quick:
    The average treatment time for Invisalign is between 12-18 months, which is shorter than most other orthodontic treatments. However, this can vary depending on your case.

What Are The Limitations Of Invisalign Treatment?

While Invisalign is effective for many patients, there are some limitations to treatment. Invisalign is not suitable for patients with the following conditions or qualities:

  • Severely crooked or rotated teeth:
    Invisalign works well for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Patients with severely crooked or rotated teeth may require traditional braces to improve their smile.

  • Very large gaps between teeth:
    Invisalign can close small gaps between teeth, but complex cases may need to be managed with braces or another orthodontic treatment.

  • Very deep bite:
    A deep bite is when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by a large margin. This can cause gum irritation and other problems. Deep bites can be difficult to manage with Invisalign, and traditional braces may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

  • Jaw problems:
    Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can only move the position of the teeth. They cannot address problems with the jaws themselves.

  • Teeth that are chipped or worn:
    If a patient has chipped or worn teeth, the aligners may not fit properly and cause further damage. In these cases, it is ideal to consult a dentist to see if Invisalign is still an option.

  • Oral health issues:
    Those with active gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay are unsuitable for Invisalign. These problems need to be addressed first before undergoing orthodontic treatment.

  • Patients who cannot commit to the treatment plan:
    Because Invisalign aligners are removable, there is a risk of relapse if the patient does not wear them for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. Traditional braces may be a better option for patients who are unwilling to commit to this.

If you are considering Invisalign treatment, you must consult a dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. While Invisalign is an effective orthodontic treatment for many patients, there are some limitations to what it can do.

Final Thoughts

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth without using traditional braces. There are some cases, however, where Invisalign may not be the right option.

If you’re considering Invisalign to achieve straighter teeth, contact us at Karrinyup Dental Centre. We can book you for an initial consultation and let you know whether or not Invisalign is suitable option for you.

With our years of experience in this field, we can help you get the beautiful smile you always wanted. We have several treatment options available, and our team will work with you to find the perfect solution for your needs.

Call us today or visit our website to book an appointment – we can’t wait to help you achieve your perfect smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

The length of time that Invisalign treatment will last depends on the severity of your alignment issue. For most people, treatment takes between 12 and 18 months. However, in some cases, it may take longer.

Several factors determine the length of treatment time. These include:

  • The severity of your alignment issue
  • How well you follow the treatment plan
  • If you wear your aligners as directed

Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces. The average cost of Invisalign is between $6,000 and $9,000, making it one of the most expensive orthodontic treatments available today. There are several reasons for this.

Invisalign treatment is very complex and requires a high level of skill. The aligners themselves are extremely sophisticated, and the treatment process involves great planning and coordination. As a result, dentists who offer Invisalign tend to be highly experienced and charge premium rates.

Additionally, Invisalign treatment can be expensive to maintain. Patients need to replace their aligners every few weeks; if they lose or damage an aligner, they will need to pay for a replacement.

Finally, Invisalign treatment is not covered by insurance. Patients will have to pay for their treatment privately, which can add significantly to the cost.

Despite the high price tag, many patients feel that the benefits of Invisalign outweigh the cost and are happy to pay for this type of orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. You will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. And, you will need to change them every two weeks. As you wear the invisible tray of aligners, they will gradually move your teeth into their proper position. So you end up with straight teeth.
The results of Invisalign treatment are long-lasting. However, it is important to wear your retainers as prescribed by your dentist to maintain the results of treatment.
Dr. Justin Soon


Dr. Justin Soon

Dr. Justin completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Western Australia. Dr Justin completed his surgical implant training under the mentorship of Dr. Glen Liddelow, Dr. Graham Carmichael, and Dr. Brent Allan at the Branemark Centre.

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