When you think of orthodontic treatment, you likely think of children or teens with traditional metal braces. That’s no longer the case! Braces for adults are continuing to become more common every year – and there’s no true age limit to when you can get started! If you’re looking for ways to improve your smile, read on to learn about Invisalign for seniors and how it can help you.
What is Invisalign?
Like other braces and aligners, Invisalign is designed to gently shift your teeth into their ideal position for both cosmetic appearance and your best oral health. Unlike other braces, however, Invisalign are clear and practically imperceptible to others as you go about your day!
For adults who may consider metal braces awkward or embarrassing, Invisalign offers you the ability to correct the positioning of your teeth without interrupting your daily life. You can take them off whenever you need to eat, and they can even stay on while you drink water. They’re an easy, convenient way to undergo an orthodontic treatment plan!
Can Senior Citizens Benefit from Invisalign Aligners?
Absolutely! No matter your age, Invisalign can be an option for your orthodontic treatment. The popularity of Invisalign is in its subtle look and effective results. This is perfect for seniors that want to adjust crooked teeth or correct tooth gaps without using metal braces.
There is a misconception that the older you get, the more your teeth are “set in place.” It’s not true – at any age, your teeth can be gently repositioned through orthodontic treatment. This will result in all the benefits of optimal tooth alignment: correcting crossbites, improving appearance and improving your oral health.
Whether you’re 7 or 70, it’s always worth it to work towards perfect dental health!
Are There Risks to Straightening Teeth Later in Life?
No. However, Invisalign and other orthodontic options will only be viable for those with healthy mouths. Gum disease, missing teeth or other major oral health factors can play a role in whether or not Invisalign (or any type of braces) will be effective or safe for you.
It’s recommended for any patient that is considering Invisalign to first speak with their dentist to find out if their mouth is healthy enough for adjustment. In many cases, your dentist can help you fight back gum disease and restore your oral health so that you can start an Invisalign plan with your orthodontist!
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners come with a wealth of benefits that make them extremely popular, with a few unique benefits over other types of braces:
Clear Design – While braces are understood to be extremely helpful, there’s still a social stigma associated with them. Invisalign’s clear aligners make your treatment practically unnoticeable, preventing embarrassment or anxiety or social settings.
Easy Plan – As long as you wear your Invisalign aligners for the recommended amount of time and transition through your new aligners, an Invisalign treatment plan is easy! You still need to work with your orthodontist for the best results, but you won’t have to worry about uncomfortable adjustments of brackets and wires.
Healthier Mouth – Proper tooth positioning improves your bite and increases the overall health of your mouth and jaw. While it’s best to correct these problems early on in life, it’s never too late to help your teeth stay healthy!
Easier to Clean – Crooked teeth increase the number of difficult-to-reach places in your mouth for a toothbrush or floss. These additional areas are prime locations for bacteria and periodontal disease. Properly aligned teeth are easier to manage!
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They say that the best time to plant a tree was ten years ago, but the second-best time is now. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, no matter your age, you can stop in for a consultation with Dr. Andy to find out what options will work best for you!
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