Is there a best age to get Invisalign? These clear braces in Raleigh are popular with adults. But is there an age cut-off that you need to keep in mind? Not really. Investing in Invisalign is something that can happen at any age, as long as you have the ability to keep up with your removable aligners and wear them as directed. If you’re prone to misplacing things or just tend to be forgetful (it’s ok, some of us are) then Invisalign might not be right for you.
Depending on your stage of life, you may want to consider how investing in Invisalign can better your oral health. These removable, clear aligners move your teeth without fixed brackets and wires, giving you a predictable care experience that’s ultra-discreet.
What is the best age to get Invisalign? It depends. Here’s how clear aligners can be a great choice at different stages of life and why making the investment at those times may be best for your smile’s needs.
Best age to get Invisalign: In Your Teens?
Invisalign Teen is a type of clear aligner treatment that’s specifically designed for the busy teenager. Since many high schoolers may prefer not to wear traditional bracket and wire braces, Invisalign is a convenient alternative.
As a parent, you may want to get Invisalign for your teenager to help them with oral hygiene, self-confidence, and to improve their dental health as they get older. Since Invisalign can be removed, you won’t have to worry about your teen breaking any brackets or aligners — or making emergency trips to the orthodontist’s office at the last minute — all they do is wear their clear trays as prescribed.
The Invisalign Teen system was a slight adaptation of traditional Invisalign, but it is now fairly consistent with the same types of aligners that our adult patients wear. With Invisalign Teen, your son or daughter can see a built-in wear indicator in the aligner to help them remember when to change it out (usually every two weeks.) Plus, if they accidentally lose or misplace one, there are built-in features in the treatment system to help cover lost aligners. And if your student is an athlete, Invisalign won’t get in the way or put them at added risk for soft tissue injuries. Most aligners can be worn along with their exiting sports mouthguard or taken out temporarily. Just be sure to have them store their aligner in a case and not anywhere that’s hot (it will melt.)
In Your Twenties
Now that you’re getting ready to leave college, trade school, or jump into the workforce, you finally have your own income and want to make a great impression. For a lot of young adults, investing in Invisalign is something they’ve wanted for years.
By enhancing the alignment of your smile, you can look your best whether you’re landing a job interview or trying to find that perfect match out in the dating scene. The convenience and comfort of clear aligners make everyday maintenance simple enough to fit into your lifestyle. There have even been experiments that show people with whiter, straighter, or more attractive smiles tend to be better at job interviews. If you’re about to embark on a new career out of college, investing in the way your smile looks could help you set yourself apart and make a great impression.
Making the decision to invest in Invisalign in your 20s and 30s can statistically lower your chances of cavities and gum disease in the future. Now may be the best age to get Invisalign if you’ve never had braces before. According to research, people who have crowded or misaligned teeth are more prone to develop health concerns in those areas of their mouth, including tooth decay, periodontitis, and bone loss. Although investing in Invisalign during young adulthood seems like more of a cosmetic issue, it has significant health benefits that you’ll get to enjoy for years to come!
Your 30s and 40s
Invisalign was initially designed with adults in mind. Particularly those who didn’t wear their retainers (from braces during childhood) and who experienced “relapse” in their tooth movement. But as time went by, Invisalign was continually improved to encompass comprehensive orthodontic needs and not just minor tooth alignment issues.
In your 30s and 40s, issues such as tooth crowding and misalignment can start to take a toll on your enamel, gums, and TMJ. Issues such as cavities, periodontal infections, and TMJ disorder may begin to flare up for the first time ever. By aligning your smile with Invisalign, you can maintain a healthy oral environment while also enhancing (and correcting) the placement of your teeth. As an adult invested in your oral health, this time may be the best age to get Invisalign for some people.
People in their 30s and 40s prefer Invisalign over traditional braces because of the low-profile design. You can essentially straighten your teeth without anyone knowing you’re in orthodontic appliances. If you’re a busy professional or in a position where you speak to others on a regular basis, Invisalign is an exceptional orthodontic choice.
Plus, Invisalign fits your busy schedule. The short visits only last about 15 minutes or so and are scheduled about once every other month. They’re quite convenient to fit into your busy family or work schedule without being a problem.
In Your 50s
A lot of young to middle-aged adults like to invest in Invisalign because they never had the chance to straighten their smile in the past. Perhaps their parents couldn’t afford braces, or they simply didn’t see a dentist much while they were growing up. That’s why many 30, 40, and 50-somethings prefer to finally give themselves the “gift” of straighter teeth once they’re financially stable. It’s an investment in their own oral health and self-confidence.
As our bodies mature, we experience something in our smile called the “midline drift.” This change is where our teeth begin slowly shifting toward the center or “midline” of our smiles. The lower anterior teeth frequently become crowded or overlapping. As a result, we also start to see wear patterns in teeth, causing some to look shorter than others.
The 50s are a popular time to get Invisalign, especially since it’s more discreet than traditional braces. But even 50-somethings may want conventional orthodontic appliances at times. When you discuss your concerns and goals with our Raleigh dentists, we can help you determine whether Invisalign is best for what you hope to achieve.
You’ve got plenty of life ahead of you. Being in your 50s isn’t “too old” to finally invest in the straighter smile you’ve always wished you had. It’s one of the best times to finally feel comfortable about the way your teeth look and feel.
The 60s and Beyond
Who says that you can’t get Invisalign or braces after you retire? Some of our most common Raleigh Invisalign clients are new retirees, grandparents, and individuals entering their “golden years.” You’re absolutely never too old to finally enjoy the health benefits of straighter teeth.
By investing in your tooth alignment in your 60s and 70s, you can help maintain a better diet and nutritional absorption, allowing you to enjoy improved health and wellness. Since straighter teeth tend to be healthier teeth, Invisalign is an integral part of addressing issues such as periodontal disease and recurring decay.
If you have missing teeth and are considering getting dental implants, Invisalign can help you address the shifting teeth caused by excess space and create room to install the implant. The two can work together to reconstruct your smile back to optimal performance.
What About Young Children?
Experts agree that children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Around this time in your child’s development, we can get a general idea of what their future adult smile is going to be like. The way primary (baby) teeth and permanent (adult) teeth fit together allows dentists and orthodontists to intercept major issues before they become complex treatment needs. So even if you’re bringing your child in for a general checkup when they’re 7 or 8 years old, be sure to go ahead and ask us about the orthodontic assessment portion of their dental exam.
Believe it or not, there are actually lines of Invisalign that do exist for young children. The reason it’s unique is that younger children’s mouths are rapidly growing and developing, depending on things like jaw growth and teeth falling out as they’re replaced with permanent counterparts. Although a young child will likely have trouble keeping up with removable aligners, there are case-by-case situations where parents or dentists may recommend this unique treatment choice.
Orthodontic Consultations in Raleigh
Raleigh Dental Arts offers Invisalign assessments for prospective clients. If you’re interested in investing in invisible braces, please feel free to contact us and reserve an exam. We’ll walk you through the screening process to determine if you qualify. Our care planning process will also provide you with an opportunity to learn how long the treatment will take and learn more about the available financing options.
Contact our Invisalign dentist in Raleigh today to reserve an appointment. Flexible financing options are available. Investing in your smile has never been easier!