Since it became popular in 2000, Invisalign has become an attractive way to straighten teeth and improve smiles. At its core, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. It’s a great alternative to traditional metal braces because of the many benefits it offers.
With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth discreetly as there are no metal wires or brackets involved. You’ll find the aligners to be virtually invisible to the naked eye and can feel confident while going through treatment. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are also removable. You can take them out any time you brush, floss, eat, and drink.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, you may be wondering about the best age to undergo this treatment. The reality is that there is no one ideal age for Invisalign as it all depends on your unique malocclusions, lifestyle, and preferences. In most cases, however, Invisalign treatments are for teens and adults. They usually begin between the ages of 12 and 15. Our dental friends in Fuquay Varina, NC have reported that more and more dental teenage patients are asking about Invisalign.
What to Consider Before You Opt for Invisalign
While there is no minimum age for Invisalign, there are certain requirements you have to meet before an orthodontist prescribes it. First and foremost, you should have all your adult teeth in place as tooth eruptions can disrupt teeth alignment.
Secondly, you must have enough self-discipline to wear your aligners as prescribed throughout your treatment plan. This means you’ll need to keep Invisalign in your mouth for at least 22 hours per day. It’ll be your responsibility to only take them out every time you eat, drink, brush, or floss. If you believe you’ll remove them more frequently, you’ll prolong your treatment and are probably not a good candidate. Crestview orthodontist, Dr. Clay Sims, encourage Invisalign or those that will be diligent with their treatment. If your son or daughter does not take the treatment seriously, alternatives such as metal braces might be the best option.
As long as you have all of your adult teeth, are self-disciplined, and like the idea of a discreet, comfortable teeth straightening treatment, Invisalign may be a great option. Of course, a thorough evaluation by an orthodontist is necessary to help you decide if you’d like to pursue this treatment.
If you determine that Invisalign is not right for you, there are a number of other treatments you may want to look into including:
Traditional Metal Braces: When most people think of braces, traditional metal braces usually come to mind. They involve metal brackets and wires that slowly but surely move teeth into alignment.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are a lot like traditional metal braces but there’s one major difference. They blend in better with the teeth because they are made of tooth-colored ceramic material.
Lingual Braces: While traditional and ceramic braces attach to the front of teeth, lingual braces attach to the back. Although this makes them invisible, the tongue often gets in the way and poses some discomfort.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Ready to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign? Contact Chad Johnson Orthodontics today. Once we learn more about your teeth, mouth, gums (and lifestyle), we’ll inform you of whether Invisalign is a good option. We look forward to hearing from you!