Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign®?

The American Academy of Clear Aligners maintains that people can achieve healthy and beautiful smiles with clear aligners like Invisalign®. Many people prefer these aligners to traditional metal braces. But are these clear aligners for you? Here are the details on being a good candidate for Invisalign. 


All Your Permanent Teeth Are Out


You can have your teeth straightened if all of them are permanent already. Children tend to get their permanent teeth at different ages. It is better to wait a while than disrupt the alignment process with an erupting adult tooth. If you are an adult with a lingering baby tooth, your dentist will suggest more procedures before you get your Invisalign aligners. 


Your Dental Alignment Problem Is Mild


Invisalign can correct simple dental misalignment cases. It can help you if you have a mild case of open bites, overbites, underbites, or crossbites. The aligners can also close dental gaps and remove dental crowding. Your dentist will examine your mouth and see if you qualify for Invisalign. If you have a more complex case, you may need to prepare for traditional metal braces.


You Practice Good Oral Care


You must wear these aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. This means that you must have a healthy mouth as well as discipline. Taking care of your aligners as much as you take care of your teeth and gums is important. Doing so can keep the aligners and your mouth free from bacteria. Neglecting them will lead to staining and damage. If you practice regular oral care, your dentist might consider you for the Invisalign system.


You Have a Sense of Responsibility


Invisalign is for individuals who already know how to be responsible for the aligners. These trays will be in your care. You will be changing the aligners based on a schedule. Since these aligners are removable, you must see to it that they have a hard case. Placing them in a hard case will prevent loss and damage. 

Being responsible also means that you must wear the aligners based on the set number of hours. You can only remove them when you eat or practice oral care. Committing to the process is necessary. You should practice this level of dedication every day. This will make sure that the process is effective. 


You Are Not a Tobacco Consumer


If you want to get Invisalign aligners, quit tobacco consumption. Nicotine in tobacco can stain your aligners. They will also attract bacteria, which can lead to decay. Smoking while getting this clear aligner treatment means removing the aligners. But doing so will interrupt your alignment schedule. 

Quitting this habit can prevent gum disease. It will maintain your oral health while aligning your teeth. This can prevent more extensive treatments that can delay your treatment. 


Knowing if you are a good candidate for Invisalign can motivate you to see your dentist for treatment right away. At Glacier Dental, we always guide our patients through their procedures so they can achieve their teeth alignment goals. Please drop by our clinics in Anchorage, Alaska, for an in-person consultation. Call 907-222-6000 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our Invisalign packages.

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