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Am I a Better Candidate for Braces or Invisalign?

Posted on December 7, 2023

Did you miss out on getting braces earlier in life? Even if you’re an adult, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth. However, with so many more orthodontic choices available, it may be hard to decide which one is best for you. So, you may ask yourself if you’re a candidate for braces or Invisalign. When you pay a visit to your local orthodontist office, here is some insight you may get about which treatment is best for you.


You may be involved in a career where you have to do a lot of public speaking or be the face of a company or team. Therefore, you may be more subconscious about wearing traditional braces on your teeth, especially as an adult. If your appearance relies on not having such obvious orthodontic devices on your teeth, your orthodontic office may approve you for Invisalign as long as your issues aren’t too severe.

Sleep Apnea

Are you currently suffering from sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition in which your airway may get blocked during sleep. It can happen when there’s an improper jaw alignment. You know you have sleep apnea if you snore very loudly or if you frequently wake up throughout the night because of the blockage in your air pathways. The best orthodontic way to correct this is with traditional braces. Your orthodontic office will check your jaw alignment to see how severe it is.

Minor Spaces

Are there minor spaces in your teeth? Do you have a slight overbite that isn’t too noticeable? If so, you’re likely a candidate for Invisalign since it can correct minor issues. According to Invisalign, candidates often begin seeing results in as little as three months.

Large Gaps

Do you have a large gap in your teeth that you’re very subconscious about? Has it become difficult to chew because of a severe over, under, or crossbite? Do you sometimes find it hard to form words properly because of your tooth alignment? If so, your orthodontist office will likely recommend traditional braces for your treatment. According to Kids Health, the average length of time a person will need to wear braces is about two years, but this can vary person to person and with age.

More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment now than ever before. Whether you have a crossbite, underbite, misaligned teeth gaps, or sleep apnea, our orthodontist office can help you. Come in for a consultation so we can let you know which option is right for your situation.