You’re Never Too Old for Invisalign Treatment
November 24, 2021
At age 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest. At age 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space. William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker at age 82, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire.
You’re only as old as you feel, and you’re never too old to have straight teeth you’re proud of. So, if you’ve wondered, “Am I too old for Invisalign?” – you’re not!
Invisalign in Freedom can deliver your dream smile whether you’re 14 or 74. Read on to find out why it’s never too late to straighten your smile.
There’s No Age Limit for Straight Teeth
There are adults out there who have been incorrectly informed that their teeth are fully set in their jaws and can no longer move. The truth is that, with the right pressure, you can straighten your teeth at any age.
Invisalign can work for patients of all ages, whether they are starting with relatively straight teeth or have teeth that are very crooked and need a full treatment.
Straightening your teeth isn’t just about aesthetics, you’ll also find your teeth are easier to clean, which reduces the risk of periodontal disease. You will chew more efficiently and that will aid digestion to improve gut health.
Also, crooked teeth can cause jaw alignment issues, which can foster bite problems and teeth grinding. Each one of those problems can spur chronic headaches, as well as face or neck pain.
Finally, you can speak more clearly with properly aligned teeth.
Why Does It Benefit Adults to Seek Invisalign Treatment?
A common reason that Invisalign treatment takes longer than anticipated is that patients are not compliant with the instructions of their dentist. If you do not wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day, your treatment is going to take much longer than it would otherwise.
Fortunately, adults often make better patients than teenagers because:
- They maintain the motivation to improve
- Don’t take their health for granted
- Listen to their dentists
- Practice better oral hygiene
How Do You Confirm You’re a Viable Candidate for Invisalign?
First, it is essential for you to schedule a consultation with your dentist. You will provide information about your dental history, and the dentist will take an impression of your mouth so they can better understand the issues that need to be addressed. It is helpful if you think of questions you want to ask in advance of the appointment and write them down, plus you can consider what your smile goals are.
The main qualifications for getting clear aligners are:
- Your teeth and gums should be healthy
- You should have great oral hygiene
- You should be able to follow instructions for wearing and cleaning your aligners
- You shouldn’t have any complex bite issues or jaw problems
Your age really is irrelevant when it comes to getting results with Invisalign. If you wish to straighten your teeth while only you and your dentist in Freedom are aware, then Invisalign is the winning ticket.
About the Authors
Dr. Robert Heil earned his dental doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He had been working at his private practice in nearby Appleton for a decade before a fire led him to relocate to Freedom and join forces with his wife, Dr. Heather Heil, in a shared office. Dr. Heather also attended the University of Minnesota to earn her dental degree. She loves being a dentist because it offers the opportunity to be artistic while also caring for and educating patients. As parents of four boys, there’s a good chance they will be considering Invisalign treatment for their family at some point. When it comes to Invisalign for seniors, Dr. Robert and Dr. Heather are ready to help you get started. Schedule your consultation on their website or call (920) 788-6280.
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