Is 50 Too Old for Invisalign?

31 May 2019 by  Ali Long in Invisalign

gray haired woman smilingOrthodontic treatment is often done during one’s teenage years, but there’s fantastic news for those who have waited to get their teeth straightened until later in life. Invisalign clear aligners have made it possible to achieve a beautiful, straight smile at just about any age. If you’re in your 50’s and wondering if it’s too late to correct crowded teeth or malocclusion, there is a good chance you are a great candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Many of our Baby Boomer patients worry that age is a determining factor for orthodontics, but the reality is that there isn’t an upper age limit when it comes to correcting teeth with Invisalign. In our Rocky Point dental office, dozens of senior patients have used the Invisalign system with outstanding results.

Some of these patients simply felt the time was right to improve their smiles, while others wore metal braces as teenagers but never realized the aesthetic results they desired.

It’s never too late to enhance your smile

The mere thought of sporting a mouth full of metal at the age of 30, let alone 50, is unappealing to most. Adults can truly appreciate the benefits of this revolutionary teeth straightening system, which lets you discreetly correct a host of orthodontic issues while maintaining a normal appearance.  Invisalign’s thin, transparent aligners fit comfortably over your teeth, making them virtually undetectable, and you can pop them out during meals and while brushing and flossing your teeth.

Your family, friends and colleagues won’t even notice you’re wearing them! This means you can go about your daily routine, without food restrictions or painful metal wires, as your teeth are gradually moved into correct alignment.

Invisalign offers freedom and convenience for older adults who want to keep their orthodontic treatment under the radar and avoid feeling self-conscious in social situations. Moreover, a correct bite and straighter teeth can help improve oral hygiene and prevent dental problems from developing later on.

Periodontal health is key

As you age, your risk of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can increase. Unfortunately, this can have a negative impact on orthodontic treatments, so it’s crucial to ensure your gums and underlying bone are healthy before treatment is begun.

As long as your periodontal health is stable, you’re on the right track to a positive smile transformation with Invisalign. The key to a successful Invisalign treatment is keeping your teeth clean and following the protocol, which means wearing the aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours each day.

Schedule your Invisalign consult in Suffolk County

Whether you’re 25 or 65, you can always achieve a winning smile with the expert guidance of certified Invisalign providers Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot.  Take the first step by calling Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a private appointment today! We look forward to hearing from you soon — simply call our Rocky Point office or submit the online contact form.

Additional Resources:

  1. Invisalign, Invisalign FAQ https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
  2. RealSelf, Is 59 Too Old for Invisalign? https://www.realself.com/question/invisalign-59-too-old-procedure
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