Could I Be a Candidate for Invisalign?

Could I Be a Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign® is a discreet, comfortable alternative to metal braces. It corrects misaligned teeth quickly and easily. However, Invisalign® works better for certain types of patients. This blog will explain the criteria shared by candidates for Invisalign® treatment.

Which Patients Should Consider Invisalign®?

Older Teens and Adults

Patients need to have all their adult teeth to receive Invisalign® treatment. Their jaws must have already finished growing as well.

Ability to Follow Directions

Invisalign® patients need the discipline to wear their aligners 22 hours daily, taking them out only to eat, drink, and brush their teeth. If they are likely to forget to put the aligners back in, their treatment could be affected.

Responsibility for Keeping Teeth and Aligners Clean

While Invisalign® aligners are easier to keep clean than braces, patients must be meticulous. Putting dirty aligners back in can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

People with Mild to Moderate Alignment and Bite Issues

Invisalign® can treat moderate orthodontic cases like misaligned teeth or dental bite issues. Your dentist can tell you whether your teeth meet these criteria.

Patients Who May Need Other Treatment Methods

Some patients are not a good match for Invisalign® at their current stage of development:


Compliance is the key to a successful Invisalign treatment. If a child can’t follow direction and wear the aligner for 22 hrs a day, then they are not an Invisalign candidate. Traditional braces are the most adaptable when fixing children's orthodontic problems.

People with Severe Bite Problems

Invisalign® is excellent for minor overbites, underbites, and crossbites, but traditional braces will serve patients better for open bites or more severe issues.

People with Jaw Issues

Any issues with jaw malformation need treatment with traditional braces.

Advantages of Invisalign®

Faster Than Braces

On average, Invisalign® works in 8 to 10 months. For most patients, braces take at least 18 months and up to 3 years.


Invisalign® is a private way to straighten your teeth. The aligner trays are almost invisible and provide excellent orthodontic correction without drawing undue attention.

Easy to Care For

Since you take the aligners out to care for your teeth, you don't have to deal with the hassle of brushing and flossing around metal braces.

Eat What You Like

When you have Invisalign®, you must take your aligners out to eat or drink. This feature means you don't have to restrict your diet like braces patients.


Our clear aligners feel smooth, comfortable, and low-profile. They will not cause scarring or soreness inside your mouth.

Our Dentist's Expertise

Dr. Liao is a Platinum Invisalign® provider. This honor means that he has extensive training and expertise with the orthodontic system and can provide the best possible treatment.

Call Dental Associates of Lodi

If you want to learn more about Invisalign® and how it can benefit your smile, call our New Jersey office at 862-247-8030. With Invisalign®, you can reshape your smile without the headaches associated with braces.