Invisalign is a popular, convenient orthodontic treatment option, but it's not suitable for everyone. It depends on a number of factors like the severity of your case, your age and your level of commitment. Only your dentist can determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign can be used to treat a number of misalignment and malocclusion issues. As long as the case isn’t overly severe, Invisalign can treat gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and cross-bites.
Invisalign has a difficult time fixing cases that are too severe. That’s because for issues like large overbites, more advanced orthodontic procedures are necessary to shift the jaw. If your case is too severe for Invisalign, you may have to resort to another treatment option, like traditional metal braces.
The Age Factor
Any adult or teen who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners. However, children are not candidates for Invisalign because their teeth are still growing.
The freedom to take your aligners in and out is one of the reasons Invisalign is so popular, but it’s critical not to abuse this advantage.
Even though you can remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss, it's important to wear your Invisalign aligners for between 20 to 22 hours per day. Basically, your aligners should remain in your mouth as much as possible for the treatment to be effective.
That means if you are not committed to your treatment plan, it won’t work.