Determining Invisalign Candidacy

There are several factors that can influence your Invisalign® candidacy, including your oral health, the structure of your smile, and the severity of dental misalignment. Dr. Tim S. Trulove has been helping patients in the Montgomery, AL, area select the best orthodontic solution for their needs since 1989. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Trulove has extensive knowledge, training, and experience, and can help you achieve your ideal smile, and in turn, more confidence in your appearance.

Factors that Influence Candidacy

Invisalign provides many patients with the opportunity to discreetly, and more comfortably, straighten their teeth. This system can address minor to moderate dental misalignment in teens and adults, including:

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  • Gaps between teeth
  • Uneven spacing
  • Crooked teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Cross bite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

The best candidates for Invisalign include patients with healthy teeth and gums. If we detect decay or gum disease, we must first perform the appropriate periodontal or restorative treatment before proceeding with Invisalign. 

As self-discipline is critical to the success of treatment, it is also key to determining your candidacy. It is important to assess your commitment to Invisalign before undergoing treatment to ensure the best possible results. You should be dedicated to wearing your Invisalign trays for 20 to 22 hours each day.

Alternative Treatment

The severity of your orthodontic concerns will dictate the best form of treatment for your needs. Patients with severe misalignment may benefit more from traditional orthodontics. You may not be an ideal candidate for Invisalign if you have:

  • Partially Impacted Teeth: While traditional orthodontics can shift partially impacted teeth into proper position, Invisalign is most effective on erupted teeth.
  • Tooth Movement: Invisalign can shift teeth horizontally, but cannot shift teeth vertically.
  • Severity of Alignment: Teeth rotated more than 30 degrees should be corrected with traditional orthodontics.

If you are not a candidate for Invisalign, our team can recommend a better treatment, whether that be ceramic braces, metal braces, or Damon™ System Braces.

What to Expect during Your Consultation

During your initial visit, Dr. Trulove can examine the rotation of your teeth, your occlusion, and health of your smile to determine whether you are eligible for Invisalign. He may also take x-rays or other advanced images for a more comprehensive view of your teeth, gums, and jawbone.  

Dr. Trulove can also provide you with a digital preview of your beautifully enhanced smile to ensure your satisfaction.

If Dr. Trulove deems Invisalign right for you, he can take impressions of your smile. These moulds will be sent to an Invisalign lab, and used to design and fabricate your alignment trays. He can then create a detailed treatment plan, outlining the expected treatment timeline and cost. He can also provide you with a digital preview of your beautifully enhanced smile to ensure your satisfaction.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are interested in learning about the Invisalign system or establishing your candidacy, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trulove and the team at Trulove Orthodontics, PC. You can contact us online or call us at (334) 277-2980.