Am I Too Old to Straighten My Smile With Invisalign?

So many adults with untreated orthodontic problems choose to suffer in silence because they believe it’s too late to have these issues corrected. Well, we’re here to tell you the good news, it’s never too late! 

Invisalign is an incredibly popular and discreet orthodontic treatment preferred by adults because the transparent aligners go unnoticed. Read on to learn more about Invisalign for adults, the benefits of orthodontic treatment, and what to expect.

Can You Undergo Invisalign Treatment as an Adult?

Yes, you can straighten your teeth and align your bite with Invisalign as an adult. Adults are actually much better candidates for Invisalign than children because they’re more likely to comply with the treatment. 

You must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day for your teeth to shift into the proper alignment within the specific timeframe of your treatment. If you have a complex case like a severely misaligned bite, braces may be more suitable for you because they’re more effective at performing complex tooth movements and realigning the jaw. 

However, Invisalign can treat minor to moderate orthodontic issues, including open, under, over, and crossbites thanks to Invisalign attachments and elastics. As long as you have sufficient healthy gums, no present oral health problems, and don’t have a very severe orthodontic case, you’re likely a good candidate for Invisalign. 

You can even use Invisalign if you have missing teeth or dental restorations! It’s recommended, however, that you undergo Invisalign before replacing a missing tooth. Otherwise, your teeth will shift around due to tooth loss. Invisalign places them in the correct alignment and creates space for restoration.

Why You Should Invest In Orthodontic Treatment As an Adult

You might be thinking, “I’ve gone this long without orthodontics, why should I start now?” Our answer for you is that there’s no time like the present! Why continue to struggle with confidence due to gaps in the teeth, have difficulty chewing because of an improper bite, and have an increased risk of cavities because of crooked teeth? 

Correcting misaligned teeth and an improper bite can improve your overall quality of life as well as your smile and confidence. You’ll have better oral hygiene, want to smile and take photos more, and find that it’s easier to chew your food. 

Did you know that crooked teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease? Your oral health is connected to your overall health and can put you at greater risk of serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.

Correct Your Smile With Invisalign Today

Invisalign treatment works by wearing a set of clear removable aligners for 22 hours a day. You can take them out to eat and clean your teeth. The aligners place gentle pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them. You’ll receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks and will go to regular checkups to check how your treatment is progressing. 

Most people can correct their orthodontic problems with Invisalign in 12-18 months. If you’re interested in Invisalign, contact us at Timberlake Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodney Chowning.