24 Jun,

Am I Too Old for Invisalign? Your Questions Answered

You may have had crooked, crowded, or even gappy teeth for as long as you can remember but, for one reason or another, have never received treatment for it. But feeling self-conscious about your smile doesn’t get easier with age. 

As an adult, you may still want to straighten your teeth. Teeth straightening has many benefits, including improved appearance, reduced discomfort when eating, better speech, and a lower risk of health complications like tooth decay. 

But you may ask, “Am I too old for Invisalign?”

The good news is you’re never too old. This guide explains how Invisalign works and helps you understand whether it’s the right treatment for you. 


How Does Invisalign Work?

Although the methods, outcomes, and timelines may differ across all teeth straightening treatments, the fundamental processes are the same. Tooth movements occur when we apply constant gentle pressure across your smile. The process of teeth straightening is gradual. 

Invisalign uses clear removable aligners that apply pressure on your teeth. Each aligner is made from a specially formulated plastic called SmartTrack. Because your aligner is designed to fit your teeth, precise forces create predictable movements. 


What Can Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign can reduce crowding, straighten crooked teeth, close gaps, and bite issues. You may have a bite issue if your jaws don’t align correctly when your mouth is closed. 

Poor bite alignment can make chewing difficult, cause jaw pain, and lead to uneven tooth wear. We can fix mild to moderate crossbites, open bites, underbites, and overbites.


Am I Too Old for Invisalign? 

Although you may frequently see teenagers undergoing teeth straightening treatments, this doesn’t mean Invisalign has an upper age limit. It doesn’t.

Invisalign is effective for straightening adult teeth, and its subtlety, convenience, and comfort mean it may suit your lifestyle. 

Teenagers often wear braces and aligners because it’s practical to straighten teeth at an early age. At around the ages of 12-13, young people typically have their permanent teeth, feel less self-conscious than they will later in their teenage years, and don’t have major exams to sit. These factors make this a good time to start treatment. 


What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Although the theory guiding your tooth movements may be the same across all straightening treatments, Invisalign makes the process comfortable and convenient. 

Because you can remove your aligner, you can eat whatever you like. You don’t have to worry about food becoming trapped or damaging your appliance. Similarly, removable aligners make it easier to brush and floss your teeth. 

Invisalign is virtually invisible. This makes the whole treatment process more discreet. 


How Long Will Invisalign Treatment Take?

The length of your treatment will depend on the position of your teeth and how far they need to move. We can treat mild cases in as few as six months. In moderate cases, you can expect to wear your aligners for up to two years. 

During your initial consultation, we’ll take digital scans of your smile and create a treatment plan using advanced software. This plan will show the number of steps needed and tell us how long your treatment will take. 

We’ll generate images of your future smile along with a treatment plan. Because Invisalign is accurate, these predictions will become a reality if you wear your aligner as directed. 


Invisalign in Beaconsfield

Invisalign is a convenient, comfortable, and discreet way to get the smile you’ve always wanted. It’s never too late to receive teeth straightening treatment, and Invisalign effectively treats adults, teenagers, and children. 

Get in touch today to schedule your Invisalign consultation.

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