Are You A Candidate for Invisalign?
In addition to having moderate to severe malocclusion, the ideal Invisalign patient:
- Is in good overall health
- Does not have untreated gum disease or cavities
- Has fully developed teeth
- Does not smoke
- Has good oral hygiene habits
- Is committed to keeping the aligner trays in place for at least 23 hours per day
If you have gum disease or cavities, these will need to be treated before you can embark on Invisalign treatment. In addition, if you are a smoker, we highly recommend that you quit or drastically cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke before using a clear braces aligner.
Smoking can lead to discoloration of the trays, and if any tobacco gets caught in the trays, it’s bad news for your teeth. Taking the trays off to smoke multiple times a day is not recommended. Plus, smoking is a leading cause of oral cancer, which can lead to much worse problems than simply crooked teeth.