Could I Be a Candidate for Invisalign

Could I Be a Candidate for Invisalign

Invisalign is a sophisticated orthodontic system that uses advanced technology to create excellent results. Many people who want straighter teeth but don't want to deal with braces develop an interest in Invisalign.

Good candidates for Invisalign share most of the following traits:

  • A Desire for Straighter Teeth
  • Good Overall Oral Health
  • No Active Tooth Decay or Gum Disease
  • Strong Cleaning Routine for the Aligners
  • Ability to Wear Aligners 20 to 22 Hours Per Day

How Invisalign Works

The first step in getting Invisalign is your initial consultation with the orthodontist. The orthodontist will examine your teeth and jaw, ensuring that Invisalign is right for you. The orthodontist will then find out your goals and make a plan of action.

Next, the orthodontist takes a 3-D model of your teeth using the iTero intraoral scanner. An intraoral scanner is a small, handheld device that takes 3-D pictures of the interior of your mouth, including hard and soft tissues. These images create a complete map of your mouth and enable the orthodontist to design your series of clear aligners.

When using Invisalign, you will change your aligners every week. The graduated nature of the aligners means they apply gentle pressure to the teeth and move them into new positions. When the aligner series are complete, your teeth will be straight and beautiful.

After treatment, you must wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist. With retainer use, your teeth will stay in their original positions, and your investment will be well-spent.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign is proven effective. The system has many advantages when compared to traditional metal braces:


When you are using Invisalign, no one will notice the aligners. However, they will see how your teeth are gradually changing. You can correct orthodontic issues without the fuss that comes along with traditional braces.


Invisalign is much easier on the mouth tissues than metal braces. It will not cause friction or soreness inside the mouth.

Speed of Treatment

In many cases, Invisalign treatment is faster than regular braces.

Ability to Eat Freely

You can eat almost anything you like with Invisalign, but you must ensure that you keep your teeth and aligners spotlessly clean between meals.

Contact Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics

Contact us today at one of our three Minnesota offices to learn more about our comprehensive orthodontic services, including Invisalign. We can transform your smile for life using high-tech methods.