I’m almost 70 years old, but I notice that my teeth have shifted significantly. Is it worth getting Invisalign at my age? Braces are too uncomfortable for me. My teeth and gums are healthy, so I wonder if I should do something about the misalignment or leave it alone this late in life. Thank you. Justine from Chicago
If your teeth are noticeably misaligned, it’s worth getting Invisalign regardless of age. Invisalign has no upper age limit for adults. Crowded or misaligned teeth can lead to other oral health issues.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
Invisalign is worth it because crowded or misaligned teeth can continue to shift without treatment. Regardless of your age as an adult, Invisalign can minimize problems related to misalignment. For example, a 2017 study of adults with an open bite found that the participants experienced these signs and symptoms:
- Tiredness and orofacial pain – 62 percent
- Headaches – 41 percent
- Sensitive, tender teeth 41 percent
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) clicking – 24 percent
- Bruxism – 33 percent
Reasons that seniors benefit from wearing Invisalign include:
- They are much more comfortable than metal braces.
- You can remove them whenever you eat or floss and brush your teeth.
- They are clear and not noticeable.
- Invisalign moves your teeth more precisely than conventional braces.
Is Invisalign Faster Than Braces?
Invisalign is faster than conventional braces. In most cases, Invisalign will straighten your teeth in half the time of traditional braces. Also, you will enjoy fewer checkup appointments during orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.
Will Invisalign Work for You?
You will need an examination and 3-D scan to determine if Invisalign will work for you. Still, Invisalign treats these cases of misalignment:
- Open bite
- General alignment
Schedule an appointment with an Invisalign provider to learn how you can benefit from treatment.
Monroe, Louisiana, accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. David Finley sponsors this post.