Many older patients have steered away from the possibility of correcting crooked or misaligned smiles because they think braces and retainers are for kids and teenagers. Many people also think that adult teeth are “stuck in their ways” and incapable of change. However, these are myths. While the mouth of a growing child is certainly more malleable, our teeth are almost always shifting and can move around more as we get older. Sometimes, this will even cause a once-straight set of teeth to become misaligned, triggering the sudden need for correction.
The stereotypes around smile correction for older adults are also changing. This is partly because of Invisalign, a revolutionary and discreet system for correcting teeth that don’t require bulky metal gear. This is making it easier and more normal for people of any age, even those over the age of 50, to finally achieve the smile they deserve—because a bright, white, and straight smile shouldn’t be reserved only for young people.
Essentially, Invisalign is a set of customized retainers that gradually and gently shift your teeth into a more desirable bite. The aligners are made of transparent plastic, making it almost impossible for people to notice you’re wearing them. They are also incredibly easy to remove when it comes time for eating, drinking, brushing, or spending some special time with the one you love.
Invisalign can help to correct virtually any bite problem you have, from helping to separate crowded teeth and close gaps, to correcting overbites, open bites, crookedness or misalignment, overjet, crossed teeth, and more.
How many retainers you need and how long you will need to wear them will depend on the severity of your case and if you wear them for the suggested 20-22 hours each day. For simple corrections, most patients can expect to achieve their goal in only 8 months. However, larger or more complex corrections may take 12 to 16 months.
Aside from the fact that many adults don’t want to sport the metal look in their mouth, Invisalign offers a lot of other benefits for those 50 years of age or older. Invisalign gently nudges teeth to gradually shift them into the desired location, making it a gentler and more natural change that is beneficial to the health of your teeth—especially for those who may suffer from weaker teeth and other dental problems. This is done by digitally mapping out how your teeth will need to move with each set of retainers to reach your desired smile.
Invisalign aligners can also feel less painful and intrusive than traditional braces, not causing annoying cuts, sore teeth, or unnecessary pressure in the mouth. They are also super easy to remove, making dental hygiene much easier. This is good for anyone of any age, but particularly for older adults whose enamel may not be as strong as it was in their youth and whose teeth are more prone to cavities, tooth damage, or gum damage.
The best way to figure out whether or not Invisalign is the right choice for you is by visiting a professional and experienced dentist who can provide a consultation. You can schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentists at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about how Invisalign would work for you.
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