What's the Best Age for Invisalign® Treatment? By Dr. David Wyse on November 14, 2023

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More and more people have come to our Bloomington, IL, dental office asking about Invisalign® as an alternative to metal braces. These clear aligners can straighten your teeth without brackets and wires.

There’s a question we get a lot from patients with crooked teeth: “Is there an ideal age for Invisalign treatment?”

It’s usually best to get Invisalign sooner rather than later to avoid dental health issues, but adults can get Invisalign as well. Let’s take a moment to answer that question in more detail and review some of the benefits of Invisalign.

Both Teens and Adults Can Get Invisalign

Invisalign is a great option for teenagers as well as adults who experience mild to moderate malocclusion. The clear aligner trays can gradually shift the teeth into a more ideal position.

Is It Better to Get Invisalign Earlier in Life?

Generally speaking, it’s best for your overall dental health to get orthodontic care done earlier in life.

As teens are growing up, it’s easier to adjust the alignment of their bite and overall treatment times could be shorter. Earlier treatment also helps prevent health issues in young adulthood such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorders (TMD) that can affect jaw joint function.

This shouldn’t dissuade adults from getting Invisalign. Getting your teeth aligned properly at any point in life is good for your health and well-being.

The Benefits of Invisalign for Teens

Invisalign has many benefits for teens who undergo treatment. This includes:

  • The Clear Aligners Are Difficult to Detect - It’s hard to notice Invisalign aligners when viewed up close or at a distance. The same goes for natural light or artificial light.
  • The Ability to Eat Your Favorite Foods - No need to avoid foods you enjoy because of brackets and wires. Just remove the aligners and eat normally.
  • Ease of Cleaning and Care - You don’t need floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean your teeth or Invisalign trays. Oral hygiene is simple and straightforward.

The Benefits of Invisalign for Adults

For adults, Invisalign offers these key benefits:

  • No Interruption in Routine - Invisalign does not disrupt your adult life. That’s the convenience older people are looking for in any health treatment.
  • Little Impact on Your Professional or Personal Life - Wearing your clear aligners for 22 hours a day will not have a negative impact on your job or social life. They are that non-intrusive.
  • Positive Impact on Confidence - We can all use a boost in confidence, which is exactly what Invisalign can provide. These clear aligners can open doors for you.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Invisalign may be just what you need. When you visit our dental office in Bloomington, we can discuss your dental health goals and determine if Invisalign is the best option. We can also review alternatives such as traditional braces and why it may be a better option given your current situation.

Request an Invisalign Consultation Today

To set up an Invisalign consultation, contact our dental practice in Bloomington. During your visit, our dentists will be able to determine if Invisalign is right for you and delve deeper into the treatment process.

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