Am I too old for Invisalign?
No, age in itself is not a barrier for Invisalign treatment, and in our practice, we have noticed our fastest growing Invisalign population is over fifty. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to the following: gum disease, tooth decay, excessive wear and chipping of teeth.
People are living longer, and they expect to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, and studies have shown that crowding, of as little as 3 millimeters, can increase one’s risk for gum disease. In United States, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Research also shows periodontal (gum) disease can contribute to heart disease, so we see numerous reasons why older adults are taking their dental health seriously.
What about other aligner companies?
We recommend sticking with brand name Invisalign. They have great warranties that protect the patient’s investment and have, by far, the most money and resources dedicated to research and development. In a fast changing field, Invisalign is always obtaining new patents that keep their quality ahead of the competition. This has translated into the best aligner system that provides a consistent force to move teeth throughout treatment.
We have had patients using other aligner systems find out through the news media that their brand went out of business. Some of these companies did not even inform the doctors or the patients, they just stopped making the aligners. Other systems are basically a do it yourself aligner treatment where you mail in your own impressions. With this system we have seen cases where the patient’s teeth were damaged and resulted in thousands of dollars worth of expenses to repair them, and other patients where the aligners were completely ineffective.