Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

Dr. Mai shows a female patient her Invisalign aligners while she sits in the dental chair smiling

If you are unhappy with the alignment of your teeth, you have likely wondered if Invisalign® would be a good fit for you. Invisalign clear aligner therapy is a discreet option for straightening teeth. Here are key attributes that make a patient a good candidate for clear aligner therapy:

  1. Mild to Moderate Alignment Issues
  2. Invisalign is most effective for individuals with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. These can include issues like crooked teeth, small gaps between teeth, overcrowding, and minor bite issues. If you have severe orthodontic problems, our team may recommend traditional braces as a more appropriate solution.

  3. Commitment to Compliance
  4. Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day. Ideally, these aligners should be removed only when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If you are not willing to commit to wearing the aligners as instructed or if you think you’d frequently forget to wear them, Invisalign is not the best choice for you.

  5. Good Oral Health
  6. Before starting Invisalign, it’s essential to have a healthy mouth. Any underlying dental issues, such as gum disease or cavities, should be addressed before beginning orthodontic treatment.

  7. Realistic Expectations
  8. Although Invisalign is an effective treatment, it’s essential to have realistic expectations about the process. Achieving your desired results may take many months to over a year. Additionally, while the clear aligners are smooth and nearly invisible, please note that some patients may need tooth-colored button attachments on the front of their teeth to move their treatment along. You’ll need to be patient and remain committed to your treatment plan.

A brunette dental assistant shows a patient a preview of her teeth with Invisalign

Your Invisalign Consultation in Spanaway, WA

The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with our team at Elevate Smile Design. During a consultation, our dentist will assess your specific orthodontic needs, discuss your goals, and create a personalized treatment plan. During this consultation, you can ask any questions you may about clear aligners, and you will get a digital scan to show a preview of what your teeth will look like with Invisalign!

Are you ready to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign? Please contact us today to schedule a consultation at Elevate Smile Design in Spanaway, WA. We would be delighted to hear from you!

Contact Us



If you are experiencing a dental emergency please call our office for immediate assistance.

"*" indicates required fields

*This form is not for emergencies.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
to top