Is Invisalign Recommended for Adults Over 40, 50, and 60? By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on March 31, 2020

Illustration shows clear aligner resting over lower row of teethWhen we think of braces, we tend to think of kids and teenagers, but Invisalign treatment is a great option for adults and seniors. In fact, Invisalign® can be used on patients in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s.

If you would like to treat crooked or gapped teeth, Dr. Byron Nordhus and the team of Nordhus Dentistry in Wichita, KS, can have you fitted with your first set of corrective aligners trays within weeks.

I’m Older - Am I Still a Candidate for Invisalign?

There is no upward age limit for Invisalign. Many of the people who seek the cosmetic and oral health benefits of Invisalign are adults who are well into their 40s, 50s, and older. We love seeing our older patients enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile.

Having straight teeth is a benefit at any age. If you are in your 50s and 60s and still have most of your natural teeth, you have taken care of your oral health. Invisalign treatment can straighten your teeth or close gaps. As an added benefit, straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain.

Reasons Adults Seek Invisalign Treatment

Many adults who have misalignment issues actually underwent orthodontic treatment when they were younger. If those individuals did not wear their retainers, the teeth may have shifted out of place over time. Changes in tooth position are common, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

Other candidates have always had crooked teeth. Not everyone had the opportunity or the financial resources to have braces as kids. Adults may have put off the elective treatments as family and work took priority.

Whether your teeth have shifted or you never had the opportunity to straighten your teeth as a teen, it’s never too late to enjoy comfortable and discreet Invisalign treatment.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign Treatments as an Adult

There are benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatments as a kid. Children and teenagers have jaws that are still growing. Undergoing braces or Invisalign treatment during that crucial growth period has advantages because dentists and orthodontists can account for growth when planning treatments.

Adults can enjoy unique benefits when undergoing Invisalign treatments. Many parents worry about their kids’ ability to clean, maintain, and wear their trays as directed. Adults generally do not have these problems. Adults are also more likely to appreciate a beautiful smile since they may have waited decades to enjoy good cosmetic results.

What to Expect during Treatment

Invisalign treatment is convenient. Once your candidacy is established, a date will be set for you to visit our Wichita dental practice. Images of your teeth and jaw will be taken and sent to an approved Invisalign laboratory.

Once your trays arrive, you will be given instructions on how to care and maintain your new aligner trays. The trays are typically worn for two weeks at a time. When you have used all of your trays, you will be fitted with a retainer that should be worn at night.

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today

A beautiful smile can be enjoyed at any age. Dr. Nordhus has over 15 years of dental experience. He had braces as a kid and loves to bring the joy of a beautiful smile to others. To schedule your consultation, please contact our office online or call (316) 352-9897.

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​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730.

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