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Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

There are quite a few reasons that your dentistcandidate for invisalign in Maplewood might indicate your need for tooth straightening, or realignment. It could be an issue never dealt with in your earlier life, it could be that something has caused your natural bite to change, or it could be a cosmetic issue. At Henrickson Dental in Maplewood, MN, we are glad to offer straightening through the use of Invisalign®, and if you want to discover whether you are a candidate for Invisalign, you need only book a visit.

The Invisalign system is a popular and innovative one, working like “clear braces” to straighten the teeth, except with the benefit of not using braces at all! Instead, you can be fitted for a series of clear aligners that slowly and steadily realign your teeth to a more functional and comfortable alignment.

How do you know if you are a candidate for Invisalign? There are few basic ground rules that allow our dental team to begin the process of assessing you, and they include:

  • Having mild to moderate gaps and misalignment (crooked teeth)
  • Being over the age of 14 (though some younger patients qualify if their 12 year molars have erupted)
  • Being unwilling to wear wire braces
  • Understanding the various pros and cons of Invisalign over traditional braces

If you meet these simple terms, and qualify as a candidate for Invisalign, we can then take the molds needed to get your custom clear aligners made. This too is something to be aware of as you consider whether you are candidate for Invisalign. Some patients will need to use only a single set of the specialized aligners and others may need several.

What does this mean to someone interested in using this approach to tooth straightening? Basically, it means two things. The first is that the time needed will be longer as each tray is worn for roughly two to three weeks before you advance to the next. The second issue is that it will cost more, and this is something you must consider before you sign on for this advanced treatment.

Contact Us For Invisalign

If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for Invisalign, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Maplewood, MN office at 651-777-8900. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.