Invisalign® is a popular teeth-straightening treatment used to address minor to moderate spacing issues, as well as crowding and crookedness. Over the years, it has become a very desirable method for teeth straightening because it allows for a discreet, flexible, and simple process.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® is removable, making it a lot easier on the mouth. However, that is not to say that the treatment process is relaxed. Wearers are still required to have an immense amount of discipline. Because this is required, it is key for Invisalign® to only be administered to individuals of appropriate age. Continue reading to find out more.
At what age does Invisalign® work best?
Below is a quick overview of the best age and timeframe to get Invisalign. This information can be quite helpful to patients of all ages who may be looking into teeth straightening treatment.
In general, Invisalign is most suitable for individuals who have fully developed and stopped growing. The permanent teeth have to be 100% grown in and rooted, otherwise, the teeth are still at risk of shifting, which would defeat the purpose of the treatment. In simpler terms, most dentists recommend it for those who are over the age of 16. Comparatively speaking, Invisalign is not as aggressive as traditional braces. Because of this, the treatment requires discipline, which can be hard to achieve at a young age. For this reason, it is also highly recommended to not undergo Invisalign until adulthood is reached. Nonetheless, there are some situations in which Invisalign can and will be administered for those who are under the age of 16.
In some scenarios, Invisalign may be able to be administered to younger patients. The dentist will consider whether or not the permanent adult teeth have grown in. In the event that they have, other things will be considered. For example, if the patient is under the age of 16, the parents will need to be involved in the day-to-day of it. Discipline will have to be maintained, meaning wearing the aligners at all times outside of eating and brushing. Additionally, never skipping an appointment for the next aligner tray is key.
Another thing that the dentist will consider for Invisalign patients is the desired outcome. Regardless of age, if the patient wants drastic results then Invisalign may not be the most suitable choice. Adults are typically keen on Invisalign because it is next to invisible, however, if there are extreme changes to be made, more aggressive treatment may be needed.
Ready to get started with Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a great way to address crowding, crookedness, and other spacing issues. The best place to start is by consulting with a dentist. The dentist can evaluate the entire mouth to determine if Invisalign is a viable option. Additionally, any questions or concerns about the treatment can be addressed. To find out more or to get scheduled for a consultation, contact our dental office today.
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