You most likely have a friend, a co-worker, a family member, or even an acquaintance who is currently an Invisalign patient. With this orthodontic treatment gaining popularity among teens and adults, it may be more difficult to find someone using traditional metal braces. It begs the question, though, “Who is Not a Candidate for Invisalign?” With so many people seeing amazing results, you may be surprised to learn that this treatment is not for everyone.
Reasons We Say No
Lack of Maturity
At Sonrisas Dental Miami, Dr. Viviana Waich works with dozens of patients every week who want to perfect their smile using Invisalign. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Waich knows the right candidate for this treatment and loves seeing her patients find success with the clear alignment system. While our team works with older teens and adults, some parents have asked if this could be a solution for their child or young teen – the answer is “no”.
Invisalign is a popular choice for a few reasons. First, it allows working professionals and students to straighten mild to moderate misalignment issues without drawing attention to their mouths. Second, it gives patients control over their treatment. While we recommend patients wear the Invisalign for at least 22 hours every day – there is some wiggle room. You can remove the clear aligners when eating, speaking (if you feel that it impacts your speech), or for photographs, as long as they are replaced as soon as possible. This helps patients have flexible treatment without needing to adjust their diet like they would with traditional metal braces.
The drawback, however, is that younger patients may not have the discipline to wear the aligners for 22 hours every day, or they may remove the aligners and not have the discipline to put them back in. This could result in damaged aligners, lost aligners, or a failed treatment plan.
High Severity or Complexity
Invisalign is an exceptional treatment program that can fix some pretty difficult misalignment issues – but it isn’t meant for full mouth restoration. Many patients that we see in our office have complicated orthodontic issues that require more in-depth treatments, such as dental implants, bridges, veneers, or misalignment of the jaw. Some patients may have bone issues that require a different treatment approach.
When misalignment is so severe that teeth must be extracted and implants are needed, we will not recommend Invisalign to fix the problem. Additionally, patients with severe misalignment with very rotated teeth may do better with traditional metal braces.
Poor Dental Health or Disease
If gum disease or another dental health condition is present, our team will not recommend Invisalign until treatment for those issues is complete and dental health has been restored.
Dental Solutions and Smile Design in North Miami Beach
Our approach to dentistry takes everything into account. Dr. Waich and her team will assess your dental health, age, maturity (for treatments such as Invisalign), and other details to help you make the best decision about your dental and orthodontic health. While we love providing Invisalign to patients, it is important to note that not everyone may get the best results with this approach – but we strive to find the best solution for each individual. If you need help figuring out the best way to straighten your smile, enhance your confidence, and improve your quality of life – start with a dental consultation today.