Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

May 29, 2018 - 4 minutes read

Invisalign is one of the most desired treatments at Loftus Dental in Rapid City. Our patients seek Invisalign treatment over traditional braces for many reasons including the invisible appearance, the comfort, and the convenience. Invisalign helps patients of all ages achieve a straight and perfectly aligned smile without the pain and hassle of traditional braces. Unfortunately, not every patient is a good candidate for Invisalign. There are certain factors that need to be considered by our Rapid City cosmetic dentist.

You Have Mild to Moderate Orthodontic Issues

One of the top factors that determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign is whether or not your dental problems are too severe to treat with Invisalign treatment. First of all, Invisalign can treat gapped, crooked, crowded and misaligned teeth. In some cases, the issues may be too big to fix. This is why a dental exam with our dentist along with x-rays during your consultation will help our dentist determine if Invisalign is right for you. In some cases, you may need traditional braces with certain oral appliances for a year or two and then you can finish your treatment with Invisalign. You will need to discuss this with our Invisalign dentist in Rapid City first.

You Are Responsible

If you know that you’re not going to be able to hold yourself accountable for wearing your aligners for 22 hours per day, don’t even consider this treatment option. All patients must only remove their aligners to eat, drink and brush their teeth. Aside from that, their aligners should remain in their mouth for the rest of the day to ensure their treatment moves along in a timely fashion. When a patient wears their aligners for less time than recommended, their treatment will take longer than initially planned and will force their teeth to move at an even slower pace.

You Want a Discreet Treatment

If you want to straighten your teeth without it being obvious to others, Invisalign is the perfect option for you. For example, a full grown adult, or someone in their 50’s are most likely not going to want traditional braces due to the stigma associated with them and that they’re for teenagers. Avoid the stares, lack of confidence and hiding your smile in pictures and use Invisalign treatment instead. All ages are a great candidate for Invisalign. Transform your teeth with discreet cosmetic dentistry treatment.

You Have Healthy Teeth

Before we can consider a patient a candidate for Invisalign treatment, we must first determine if they have healthy enough teeth and gums for the treatment. This means, if you have lots of teeth that require some restorative treatments or you have gum disease, all dental problems must first be tended to before we can consider Invisalign treatment in your mouth. This not only ensures a better treatment, but it helps you maintain a healthy smile throughout your treatment.

Ready for Invisalign? Give Us a Call

Now that you have a general idea of what makes a patient a good candidate for Invisalign, it’s time to give our Rapid City dentist a call if you think that Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. We can be reached via phone or throughout online contact form.