Black woman smiles while putting in her clear aligners at her orthodontist in Weatherford, TX

How to Know Clear Aligners Are Right for Me

July 31, 2023 8:41 am Published by

Clear aligners are an effective and convenient way to get a straight, even smile! Because clear aligners are removable and nearly invisible, many patients want to know if they can choose the treatment over braces. How do you know if clear aligners are right for you? Here are four key factors:

You Have Mild to Moderate Alignment Issues

Clear aligners are very effective at straightening teeth, but braces are still the better option for certain cases. At your consultation, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and determine if clear aligners will work. If your case is fairly straightforward, you’re most likely a good candidate for aligners!

Good Oral Health

Before you start clear aligner therapy, we’ll always assess your oral health. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, those need to be addressed before we start treatment. When caught early enough, gum disease can be reversed, but what if your gum disease is more advanced? You may still be eligible for Invisalign® or our clear aligners, but each case is different.

Not a Smoker

Smoking harms your health in general, so it’s no surprise it can affect clear aligner treatment. The tar and nicotine quickly stain the clear plastic. Smoking can also accelerate oral health issues. It’s best to not smoke during clear aligner treatment, but if you can’t quit, you should at the very least remove your aligners before smoking.


Good candidates for clear aligners take care of their oral health, wear their aligners at least 20 hours a day, and go to all their scheduled orthodontist appointments. The more responsible you are, the easier your clear aligner therapy will be.

Clear Aligners at Meason Orthodontics in Weatherford, TX

Lots of people are eligible for clear aligners, but we won’t know for sure until we see you in person! If you’ve always wanted a straighter smile, now is a great time to book a consultation with Dr. Meason and see if clear aligners are an option. Our office is proud to offer both Invisalign and in-house clear aligners.


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