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Invisalign’s discrete design has made it an attractive alternative to traditional braces. We find that patients love the flexibility and comfort Invisalign offers. Despite Invisalign’s ability to correct common dental deformities, we do not recommend Invisalign for everyone’s dental journey. Is Invisalign right for you? Learn more about the treatment below.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

At first glance, many assume Invisalign is for adults who once wore braces but did not keep up with their retainer once their braces were lifted. Now, patients use Invisalign to fix or alleviate a wide range of oral issues. Here are the most common issues Invisalign may help fix:
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Over/Underbite
  • Crossbite
While some may deem crooked or misaligned teeth as an aesthetics issue, poor dental alignment may lead to health complications down the line. For example, it can be harder to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth that are malaligned. Unfortunately, significant oral bacteria may trigger periodontal disease in a patient. Periodontal disease has links to health complications such as gum inflammation, chronic infection, gum recession, and eventually tooth loss. Additionally, periodontal disease may increase a patient’s risk of heart disease or stroke.

Age Restrictions and Invisalign

Typically, Invisalign does not have an age limit. Even patients in their 70s and 80s seize the opportunity to take pride in their smiles. While you do not have to be a certain age to utilize Invisalign, it’s recommended that the patient has lost all if not most of their baby teeth before considering Invisalign as a treatment option. However, children are issued Invisalign on a case-by-case basis, meaning that your child may be a good fit for Invisalign depending on their personal needs and your doctor’s discretion.

Dedication and Care

Though Invisalign does not have an age requirement, each patient interested in Invisalign must meet the responsibilities and care the treatment demands. For starters, patients must wear Invisalign between 20-22 hours each day. Meaning, you can not attend a full school or workday without wearing it. Additionally, you must remove your Invisalign each time you eat or brush your teeth. Patients wearing Invisalign often carry around a travel toiletry bag to hold their mini toothbrush and cleaning supplies to regularly keep their Invisalign tray clean. If you’re interested in Invisalign but are unsure of whether or not you can maintain the upkeep, Invisalign may not be the best choice for you. Patients must be diligent and responsible in their Invisalign treatment. If you neglect to respond to the treatment appropriately, your process will not be as effective and you may end up wasting your money in the long run. However, if you crave the comfort and flexibility of Invisalign and know you can maintain the responsibility given your lifestyle, Invisalign is an excellent and transformative choice to improve your dental health. Want to see if Invisalign is right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ema! Call 312-435-0411 or email us at smile@prdentalstudio.com.