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Invisalign® Candidacy in Encinitas, CA

Not Sure If Invisalign Is Right For You? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you are considering Invisalign as a treatment option, it’s important to know if you are a suitable candidate. Invisalign is a popular and effective alternative to traditional metal braces, providing a more discreet and comfortable solution for many orthodontic issues. However, not everyone qualifies for Invisalign candidacy, and it is important to consult with Dr. McElroy to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.


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Who is the Ideal Invisalign Candidate?

The ideal Invisalign candidate is someone who has mild to moderate orthodontic issues. This includes crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and mild bite problems. Invisalign can also be used to fix overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Invisalign is especially popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want the metal wires and brackets associated with traditional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible when worn.

List of Qualifying Situations for Invisalign Candidacy

Here are some specific situations that may qualify you for Invisalign candidacy:

Crooked Teeth

If your teeth are crooked or crowded, Invisalign can gradually straighten them out over time. Crooked teeth can cause issues with biting and chewing, as well as negatively impact your overall appearance. Invisalign can help straighten your teeth and improve your oral health, while also giving you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

Invisalign can also be used to close gaps between teeth. Gaps can cause food to get stuck between teeth, increase the risk of gum disease, and affect your smile. Invisalign can help move your teeth closer together and close the gaps, leading to improved oral health and a more confident smile.


If your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth, this is called an overbite. An overbite can cause issues with speaking, eating, and jaw pain. Invisalign can correct this issue by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment, improving your bite, and reducing discomfort.


An underbite can lead to issues with chewing, speech, and jaw pain. Invisalign can also correct this issue by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment, improving your bite and reducing discomfort.


If some of your upper teeth bite inside your lower teeth, this is called a crossbite. A crossbite can cause tooth wear, jaw pain, and even make your face look asymmetrical. Invisalign can fix this issue by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment, improving your bite, and reducing discomfort.

Who Is NOT an Invisalign Candidate?

While Invisalign can be a great option for many people, it’s not always the best choice. Here are some situations where Invisalign may not be the right treatment:

Severe Orthodontic Issues: If you have severe orthodontic issues, such as a very large overbite or underbite, traditional braces may be a better option.

Young Children: Invisalign is generally not recommended for young children whose teeth are still developing. However, teenagers may be a candidate for Invisalign Teen.

Complex Dental Issues: If you have complex dental issues, such as missing teeth, Invisalign may not be the right treatment.

Poor Oral Hygiene: Invisalign requires good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing after every meal. If you struggle with these habits, Invisalign may not be the best option for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The length of Invisalign treatment can vary based on the severity of your orthodontic issues. On average, treatment takes about 12 to 18 months. However, some patients may see results in as little as six months, while others may require up to two years of treatment. Your dentist will be able to give you a better idea of how long your treatment will take based on your specific needs.

How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?

To achieve the best results, it’s recommended that you wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day. You’ll need to remove them when eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. Outside of those situations, it’s important to wear them consistently as directed by your dentist to ensure that your treatment progresses as planned.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Invisalign aligners may affect your speech for the first few days of treatment. You may notice a slight lisp or difficulty pronouncing certain words. However, most people adjust to wearing the aligners fairly quickly and don’t experience any speech issues after the initial adjustment period. If you do experience persistent speech issues, be sure to talk to your dentist.

Will Invisalign treatment be painful?

You may experience some discomfort during the first few days of wearing your Invisalign aligners, but this is usually mild and goes away quickly. As your teeth adjust to the aligners, the unpleasant sensation should decrease. Some patients may experience more soreness during certain stages of treatment, such as when switching to a new set of aligners. Your dentist will be able to provide you with recommendations on how to manage any lingering unpleasantness or order new aligners as needed.

Unlock Your Best Smile Yet with Invisalign

Invisalign treatment can transform your smile and improve your quality of life. If you think you may be a candidate, contact your dentist today at 760-230-6638 to schedule a consultation. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams and we are here to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign candidacy and treatment. Take the first step towards a brighter, more beautiful smile, and call us today!

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