If you are thinking about straightening your teeth, most likely an image of a teenager with braces pops into your head. It’s such a strong cultural thing that many people might think that if you don’t straighten your teeth, then it’s simply too late to do it in your 40s, 50, and beyond.
However, this is not the case at all! You can receive such procedures at any age, and today you even have a very discreet method to get perfectly straight teeth: Invisalign.
Why Invisalign Has No Age Limit
Invisalign is a set of custom clear aligners designed to address certain tooth alignment issues, some of which are cosmetic (gapped teeth, crowded teeth, etc.) or that even impact your dental health (such as various jaw alignment problems).
You can essentially address these issues at any age, as Invisalign has no age limit. Many people who turn to these clear aligners are long past their teenage years and simply looking for the cosmetic and health benefits that this procedure can provide.
Why It’s Never Too Late to Get Invisalign
Improving the look and function of your teeth does not come with a deadline. If you have certain issues you want to address for whatever reasons, you should not let your age keep you from getting them.
Many adults can see great benefits from getting Invisalign, such as:
- Boost in confidence and self-esteem;
- Being happy with how you look;
- Improving your oral health and your bite, which can help improve the way you talk and how well you chew your food, etc.
Some patients may feel rather ashamed to ask about Invisalign at a certain age, but you should know that a dentist will never judge you for having misaligned teeth. As professionals, they perfectly understand that access to good oral care does not come easy for a number of reasons:
- Lack of access to a dental practice in your area, etc.
What Should You Expect When Getting Invisalign When You’re Older?
When you get Invisalign at any age, you get a more discreet way to straighten your teeth than in the case of metal braces. The clear trays are custom made for you to address your specific issues, and you will have to wear them every day. You will only take out your aligners when eating and to clean them each day.
Additionally, throughout your Invisalign treatment, you will need to go to routine visits with your orthodontist so that they can monitor the process. You will most likely need to change your Invisalign at some point if the original ones have done their job but your teeth still need to be pulled into their most optimal position.
If you have more questions about Invisalign, Dr. Marwa Forest is happy to provide the answers!