Is 35 too old for Invisalign? - Southampton Aesthetic Dentistry

Is 35 too old for Invisalign?

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Clear, removable aligners are used in the orthodontic procedure known as Invisalign to straighten teeth. The teeth will gradually move into the appropriate positions with the help of these aligners, which are created to order. Invisalign aligners are essentially undetectable, unlike conventional braces, making them a discreet alternative for people seeking orthodontic treatment. The aligners are constructed of a soft, pleasant material that causes the gums and cheeks the least amount of discomfort. In contrast to traditional braces, Invisalign therapy gives the ease of being able to take off the aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing.

At Southampton Aesthetic Dentistry in Southampton, PA, we’re proud to offer Invisalign as a cutting-edge solution for straightening teeth. Invisalign, a modern alternative to traditional braces, uses clear aligners that are custom-made, clear aligners to fit your teeth, offering comfort, convenience, and discretion. These aligners gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, correcting various orthodontic issues like overcrowding, gaps, overbite, underbite, or crossbite.

Our skilled and experienced dental professionals understand that every smile is unique. As such, we take the time to understand each patient’s specific needs and create a personalized Invisalign treatment plan. We aim to provide an effective teeth-straightening solution that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle, all while maintaining the aesthetics of your smile. Trust your journey to a straighter smile with Southampton Aesthetic Dentistry’s dedicated Invisalign services.

What is the best age for Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment is suitable for a broad age range, from teenagers to older adults. The primary requirement for using Invisalign is having most of your adult teeth, which typically occurs by the age of 12-14. Therefore, the treatment is commonly started during the teenage years. However, more and more adults are now choosing Invisalign to improve their smiles and correct orthodontic issues.

At the age of 35, it is absolutely not too late to start Invisalign treatment. Many adults opt for Invisalign precisely because it’s less noticeable than traditional braces, making it a popular choice for those who want to maintain a professional appearance or who simply don’t want visible braces. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, age is not a barrier to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

That being said, while Invisalign can be a great solution for many people, it may not be suitable for every case. Some complex orthodontic issues may be better treated with traditional braces or other orthodontic procedures. As such, it’s always important to have a thorough consultation with your dentist or orthodontist to understand the best treatment option for your specific needs.

 

How to get the best result from Invisalign?

The success and effectiveness of Invisalign depend on several factors, including patient compliance and appropriate care and maintenance. Here are some best practices to ensure that your Invisalign treatment is successful:

  • Wear Your Aligners: For the best results, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking (anything other than water), and brushing your teeth. The effectiveness of Invisalign relies on consistent use.
  • Change Aligners as Directed: Your dentist or orthodontist will provide a schedule for when to switch to a new set of aligners (typically every one to two weeks). It’s important to follow this schedule to keep your treatment on track.
  • Maintain Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth after each meal before putting your aligners back in to keep your aligners clean, prevent staining, and maintain good oral health.
  • Keep Your Aligners Clean: In addition to keeping your teeth clean, you also need to clean your aligners regularly using a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste or a cleaner specifically designed for Invisalign aligners.
  • Regular Check-ups: Attend all your scheduled appointments so your dentist can monitor your progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan as necessary.
  • Use Retainers After Treatment: Once your treatment is complete, use retainers as directed by your dentist to maintain your new smile and prevent your teeth from shifting back to their previous positions.

Remember, the success of Invisalign treatment largely depends on the commitment of the patient to follow these guidelines and any additional instructions provided by dental professionals at Southampton Aesthetic Dentistry.

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