Can I Wear Invisalign?

Is Invisalign® a Good Fit for Your Smile?


Are you considering Invisalign® aligners to straighten your teeth, but aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate for them? The good news is that most older teens and adults who have crooked teeth are excellent candidates for wearing clear orthodontic aligners. In addition to being custom-designed to match every patient’s unique needs, the aligners are also highly effective at correcting several of the most common types of malocclusion. However, before recommending Invisalign®, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth, oral structures, and overall oral health to ensure the success of your treatment.

Candidacy for Invisalign® Clear Aligners

From beginning to end, Invisalign® treatment can last 12-18 months (similar to traditional orthodontics). The success of your treatment relies on several different factors, all of which we’ll carefully examine during your consultation to determine your candidacy:

  • Are your teeth and gums healthy? – If you exhibit signs of a cavity or gingivitis in addition to your crooked teeth, then you might need treatment for the condition before you can begin your Invisalign® treatment. Ideally, your teeth and oral tissues should be in optimal health before we begin to realign them.
  • Do you have any bite problems? – Besides the obvious effects of crooked teeth, tooth misalignment can also lead to several types of problems with your bite. For example, you might grind your teeth often, due to the imbalance; or experience pain and aching in your jaw joints – conditions that we’ll have to examine carefully before suggesting Invisalign® aligners.
  • How severe are your crooked teeth? – While Invisalign® is highly effective at addressing most cases of malocclusion, some severe cases might require traditional orthodontic braces to correct them. During your exam, we’ll carefully diagnose your malocclusion and determine if Invisalign® will be successful at treating it.

Ask if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®

Find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign® by speaking with us during your next visit. To schedule a free consultation, call Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.