Is Invisible Braces Invisalign® Suitable for You?

Smiling woman holds clear dental alignersHistorically, addressing misaligned teeth and addressing various orthodontic concerns carried significant challenges. Those who pursued orthodontic correction through braces had to contend with bulky metal brackets that caused discomfort and attracted unwanted notice to their dental condition. Today, the landscape has transformed with impressive strides in dental technology. Invisible Braces Invisalign® has emerged as a game-changing solution, offering a comfortable and discreet alternative for individuals seeking effective orthodontic treatment.

The process of Invisalign® treatment employs a sequence of removable aligners that work progressively to achieve the desired tooth positions. This approach offers a refreshing alternative for patients seeking to enhance their smiles. It eliminates the need for permanent wires and brackets affixed to the teeth. Instead of traditional methods, patients receive Invisalign® trays crafted from transparent plastic that are virtually imperceptible and can be quickly taken off as required. The evident advantages of this approach have resonated with a significant number of individuals, as exemplified by the impressive choice of approximately 12.8 million people who have embraced this transformative treatment option.

While it’s unfortunate that Invisalign® treatment might not suit everyone facing orthodontic challenges, traditional metal braces are still dependable. But let’s focus on the brighter side: Is Invisalign® the perfect solution for your needs? Here, we’ll delve into the positive factors crucial in determining your candidacy for the remarkable Invisalign® treatment.

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Your Situation Is Uncomplicated

Invisalign® is a versatile solution that addresses many teeth alignment issues and bite problems. However, the extent of your case plays a role in determining your candidacy for this treatment. Invisalign® is typically adequate in less complex scenarios such as gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Yet, for more challenging orthodontic concerns, alternative treatments may be recommended. These complex issues might encompass: 

  • Tooth rotation exceeding 20 degrees 
  • Severe overbite or underbite 
  • Significant gaps between teeth 
  • Intrusions or extrusions involving repositioning a tooth higher or lower within your mouth 

In complex orthodontic conditions such as those described earlier, traditional braces may be more suitable than Invisalign® treatment. Despite the substantial advancements that Invisalign® has made in resolving diverse alignment issues, these specific malocclusions necessitate a level of precision and control that can be attained through traditional braces.

Your Teeth and Gums Are in a Healthy Condition

Clear Dental AlignersInvisalign® is a suitable option for individuals with a healthy dental condition, free from active gum disease that could impact the structural strength of their teeth. At Sacramento River Dental Group, our initial priority for individuals considering orthodontic treatment is to conduct a thorough dental examination before commencing treatment. This approach aims to identify any ongoing dental concerns that could potentially hinder the treatment and address them proactively. Certain factors, such as severe gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and inadequate jaw space, might render you ineligible for this treatment.

Please remember that a prior history of periodontal disease doesn’t always automatically exclude someone from undergoing Invisalign® treatment. The skilled orthodontist at Sacramento River Dental Group will carefully evaluate your teeth’s current state and suggest the most suitable treatment plan before commencing your Invisalign® journey.

Your Age Is Suitable

Invisalign® is often touted as a versatile orthodontic solution suitable for everyone. However, it’s essential to consider potential age limitations when considering Invisalign® treatment. Adults and older teenagers are particularly well-suited for this approach, as they fully develop adult teeth. This age group benefits from more predictable treatment outcomes. In contrast, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® might not be the most suitable choice for children due to the unpredictable nature of their dental growth. Furthermore, even adults with few remaining baby teeth might not immediately qualify for Invisalign® treatment.

Another aspect to consider when considering Invisalign® treatment for children is ensuring consistent commitment to the treatment process. While Invisalign® treatment is notably straightforward, it requires a steadfast dedication to wearing the aligner trays for at least 20 hours daily. Additionally, mindful attention is necessary to remove the trays during meals and uphold regular cleaning routines. Balancing these responsibilities can be demanding for children, and even certain adults might encounter occasional challenges in maintaining this regimen.

You Don’t Smoke

You’re likely already well-informed about the adverse effects of smoking on your lung health. However, what may not have been emphasized is its detrimental impact on your dental and gum well-being. Given that Invisalign® treatment thrives on a foundation of healthy teeth, individuals with a history of prolonged smoking or active smokers are often encouraged to explore alternative treatment options.

Beyond its influence on your oral well-being, tobacco use, and smoking can lead to the discoloration of your Invisalign® trays. While the choice to remove your tray when smoking is available, frequent removal could disrupt your treatment plan by reducing the required daily wear time. There are two positive avenues to consider in light of this situation: embarking on a journey to quit smoking before commencing Invisalign® treatment or exploring the alternative option of traditional braces to address your orthodontic needs effectively.

You Can Ensure Proper Oral Hygiene

This practice is not exclusive to Invisalign® treatment. Achieving orthodontic success relies on upholding excellent oral hygiene. Your mouth must remain in optimal health throughout your treatment journey. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, it’s essential to clean your trays diligently. This routine care is pivotal in preventing potential infections or complications, ensuring a smooth and effective treatment process.

Whenever you take out your tray for meals or other activities, it’s recommended to rinse or lightly brush it. Maintaining excellent dental care while undergoing Invisalign® treatment is generally more convenient than traditional braces. However, it’s important to continue following the instructions provided by your orthodontist to ensure the best possible results in your treatment.

Conclusion – Is Invisalign® Suitable for You?

So, could Invisalign® be the right choice for you? If you believe you meet all the criteria mentioned earlier, you could be an excellent fit for Invisalign® treatment. Yet, it’s important to remember that the ultimate decision regarding your eligibility for clear aligners rests with your dentist or orthodontist.

Invisible BracesWhen you choose Sacramento River Dental Group for your orthodontic needs, we prioritize thoroughly discussing your specific case. Our team will conduct X-rays to develop a personalized action plan that optimally suits your situation. We invite you to visit our dental office and connect with our skilled orthodontist to explore the diverse treatment options. If you meet the criteria, we are enthusiastic about swiftly arranging your treatment, ensuring you’re on your way to a successful journey towards your desired outcomes.

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Sacramento River Dental Group – Candidate Privacy Notice

Sacramento River Dental Group is committed to respecting your online privacy and recognizes your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you share with us.

Sacramento River Dental Group is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. This privacy notice makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the Sacramento River Dental Group employment recruitment process, and how long it will usually be retained.

Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  • Kept securely.

The kind of information we hold about you

In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • The information you have provided on our application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, employment history, and qualifications.
  • Any information you provide to us during an interview.

How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:

  • You, the candidate.
  • Recruitment agencies and vendors we have agreed on terms in place with
  • Professional networking profile
  • Employees and others who refer you to us


How we will use information about you?

We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

  • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role.
  • Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable.
  • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.
  • Keep records related to our hiring processes.
  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
  • We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract of employment with you.

Having received your CV, cover letter, and/or your application form, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be screened by our in-house recruitment team for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview, be it by telephone, in person, or by other electronic means. If we decide to engage you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will then take up references before confirming your appointment.

If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully and we will not be able to take your application further.

Automated decision-making

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Data sharing With third parties

  • We will only share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes of processing your application; this may involve sharing your information with other companies within our own group if we consider they may have other relevant vacancies and only if you consent to such sharing
  • All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

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We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used, or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered, or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors, and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention (how long will you use my information for)

  • We will retain your personal information for a period of 2 years after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to the role. We will retain your personal information so that we can make you aware of any suitable alternative roles that arise during this period.
  • We further retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • If you would prefer that we did not retain your personal information, you can notify us at any time and we will delete your personal information.


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Under certain circumstances, by law, you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us to continue to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
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When you applied for this role, you provided consent to us processing your personal information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. You have the right to withdraw your consent for processing for that purpose at any time.

To withdraw your consent, please contact the Recruitment Manager. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your application, and, subject to our policies, we will dispose of your personal data securely.

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