The word “senior” can mean one of two things here at Clearsmile Orthodontics. It is one of those versatile words that can mean either, “senior in high school,” or it can mean, “senior citizen.” In either context, the question as to whether Invisalign for adults is appropriate for someone of a certain age, the answer is always a resounding, “yes.”
Here’s a look at how Invisalign can work for both high school seniors and senior citizens:
Invisalign for High School Seniors
By the time a young person has gotten to their final year of high school, they have seen plenty of their friends undergo the orthodontic process, either with braces or Invisalign. They also have heard their friends complain about these devices, as kids are known to do, but by the time these young people turn 18, they are staring down the rest of their adult lives. Knowing this, there is a very good chance they won’t want to navigate that life with crooked teeth. If they haven’t had orthodontic care by then, it obviously is not too late. Even into college, Invisalign is a low-maintenance, effective way to straighten out a teenager’s teeth.
At that age, having crooked teeth can be a real hit to a student’s self-confidence, especially if they’re planning on heading to college after they graduate. They want to start their adult lives looking their best, and having a straight smile absolutely is an integral part of that.
Invisalign for Senior Citizens
On the other hand, it can be easy for older patients to believe they’ve lived too much of their lives with crooked teeth to invest any sort of money in fixing that now. However, senior citizenship starts at age 65, and with modern medical advances, a patient could easily live three or more decades further while enjoying the results of Invisalign treatment. By comparison, a 65-year-old wouldn’t let a leaky roof stay that way for 30 more years, nor would they allow a broken water heater to go without a replacement that long. Why would crooked teeth be any different, even later in a patient’s life?
One big concern for our senior patients is that their teeth are too fixed in place to move, and while it is true that younger teeth and younger gums are more pliable, the right amount of pressure can straighten teeth at any age. It’s a slow process, but all teeth can move with the right orthodontic care. We use the same Invisalign mechanism for older patients and younger patients, so whether you’re interested in shifting a few troublesome teeth or going all-out to correct a full smile, this process is just as effective for older patients as it is for younger ones.
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Whether you are a senior in high school or a senior citizen, Invisalign is an effective way to straighten your teeth and make you feel a whole lot better about your smile. If you’d like more information or would like to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign specialists, give us a call here at Clearsmile Orthodontics so we can start you on the path toward a more beautiful smile, no matter your age.