Since Invisalign hit the market as an alternative to traditional braces, it's mainly been seen as a more aesthetically pleasing tooth straightening option for teens and young adults. As a result, many people think Invisalign isn't suitable for older adults and seniors. But what's the truth? Are you ever too old for Invisalign? Here's all you need to know on the matter.
Are Your Teeth Too Fixed to Be Moved?
Like most orthodontic appliances, Invisalign works by putting gradual pressure on the teeth over an extended period of the time. Over the course of the treatment, the patient continuously replaces their clear aligner tray with a slightly straighter one, pushing the teeth into their ideal positions. At the end of the treatment, the result is a perfectly straight set of teeth.
This reason many seniors believe they're not a candidate for braces is because of the myth that your teeth become completely fixed in place as you age. While it's true that younger jaws are more malleable, teeth can be straightened at any age with enough pressure. The only difference is that it generally takes longer to straighten senior teeth with Invisalign (or any braces) than it does for teens and young adults.
Are There Any Seniors Who Can't Have Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used to treat a range of orthodontic problems facing seniors. Whether you have gapped teeth, an overbite, underbite or a crossbite, your orthodontist can make a set of Invisalign moulds that pushes your teeth into the right place. It can be used to straighten just a few teeth or to get an entire smile straight, no matter what you age.
The only seniors who aren't ideal candidates for Invisalign are those who have gum disease, missing teeth or other dental problems—whether age-related or not. If you're in this situation, don't fret. You can usually still get Invisalign. You'll just need to undergo dental care to make your mouth healthy before beginning the orthodontic treatment.
Why Are Most Invisalign Patients Young?
While it's true that most Invisalign patients (and patients with other types of braces) are young, that doesn't mean there's an age limit to straightening your teeth. Many seniors are less likely to get Invisalign is that they've grown used to covering their smiles and feeling a lack of confidence over the years. Unfortunately, no matter how long you've lived with crooked teeth, you never truly get over the low self-esteem they can cause. That's why you shouldn't hesitate to get Invisalign, even if you're over 65. You're never too old to have a brighter smile.