Can Seniors Get Invisalign?

Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

Whether you are a senior in high school, senior in college or a senior citizen, you should seriously consider Invisalign for seniors for your orthodontic treatment.

For High School Seniors

If your teen has crooked teeth that makes him or her feel self-conscious about smiling, don’t feel guilty about it any longer. Do something about it. It is never too late to get them proper orthodontic treatment and with Invisalign clear aligners, they won’t have to feel embarrassed about a mouth full of metal.

After high school, your teen will most likely be flying the coup heading to college or starting to work and you probably won’t be able to monitor their health as closely anymore. This is a great time to ensure that your child has a healthy foundation to go out into the world with. Crooked or misaligned teeth can affect their oral hygiene and lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Food can more easily become stuck between crooked teeth and it can be harder to get the toothbrush into those tight spaces in the mouth.

The most common problems Invisalign braces are used to treat include gapped teeth, an overbite which occurs when the upper teeth protrude out over the lower teeth, underbite which is when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth and an open bite where the teeth are not aligned properly for a proper bite. Overcrowding of teeth is another issue that can happen. When not corrected, all of these can lead to tooth decay and loss and gum disease as well as jaw problems. What you do now can help ensure that they don’t have dental problems later in life.

Another benefit of choosing Invisalign is that your teen won’t dread wearing them as much as they would traditional metal braces. Most people will not even be able to tell that your teen is wearing braces at all. Unlike metal braces,

Invisalign clear braces are almost invisible inside the mouth. People will really need to look inside your teen’s mouth to notice them compared to the blaring glare of metal that comes with more conventional braces. Also with Invisalign your teen won’t have to worry about food getting stuck in the braces.

Invisalign are also easy to remove and are more comfortable to wear. Unlike metal braces that are permanently adhered to the teeth until the orthodontist removes them, Invisalign aligners are removable and your teen can easily remove them on their own for short periods of time for eating and drinking and brushing and flossing. This will ensure that your teen can properly clean their teeth and will reduce the risk of plaque buildup and cavities during treatment. They do however have to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours for best results. If they keep forgetting to put them in, they will have to wear them longer.

For College Seniors

College is all about meeting new people and exploring the world around you. Don’t let embarrassment about your mouth hold you back from getting the most out of your college experience. Smiling also helps relieve stress. With all the benefits of smiling, why let poor oral health hold you back any longer?

You have survived middle school and high school without the dreaded metal braces, do you really want to subject yourself to the embarrassment and discomfort in college? The great thing about Invisalign treatment is that they are more comfortable and convenient than traditional metal braces and they are clear. Most people won’t even know you are wearing braces.

As a college senior, you are about to embark on a new career, getting your first apartment, and other big adult milestones. The last thing you will want to worry about is the appearance or health of your smile. Take care of your oral health now while you are still under your parent’s healthcare plan and then you will have less problems later in life.

For Senior Citizens

While many people who have gone through a large portion of their lives with crooked teeth might be content to simply have crooked teeth for the rest of their lives, if you are a senior and you are interested in getting straighter teeth, Invisalign may be an option for you.

One of the reasons that many adults, of any age, believe that they are beyond the help of braces and Invisalign, is because they have been told that as adults, their teeth are fully set in their jaws and can no longer move, and that teenagers, on the other hand, still have malleable enough jaws and teeth, that they can move their teeth and have them reset to a nice, perfect straightness.

The truth is that with the right pressure, you can straighten you teeth at any age. The mechanism is exactly the same. As you put pressure on the teeth, they will slowly, but surely, start to move. As you put in new aligners that give you even more pressure on your teeth, they will continue to move.

Whether you have relatively straight teeth already and just want to put a few of your teeth into a more optimal position, or all of your teeth are very crooked and you need a full treatment, Invisalign is still an option for you.

The one thing you will need to consider though is the overall health of your mouth. If you have missing teeth or gum disease, or teeth are really weak then you will need to care of that before you can start Invisalign treatment.

The most common problems Invisalign braces are used to treat include gapped teeth, an overbite which occurs when the upper teeth protrude out over the lower teeth, underbite which is when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth and an open bite where the teeth are not aligned properly for a proper bite. Other treatable issues are overcrowding of teeth and a crossbite which can happen if both the upper and lower jaws are not aligned properly.

For more information about Invisalign for seniors, contact Orthodontics Limited today.

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