Invisalign patients come in a wide range of ages and no one age is considered best. If you are thinking about fixing your smile, Invisalign might be right for you, no matter how old you are. There have been happy, satisfied Invisalign patients in their eighties!
The majority of Invisalign patients wear their aligners for about 12 months. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may be required to wear your aligners for as little as eight months or as long as eighteen months or more. Your Invisalign dentist can give you an estimate of how long you will be wearing the aligners once they assess your teeth.
Good candidates for Invisalign may be any age. Whether or not the aligners will work for you is much more dependent on what needs to be done to correct your smile than your age. Adults who are self-conscious about their smiles and don't want to wear ugly braces were the original market for Invisalign and remain a major part of their customer base. Whether you are a college student or a senior citizen, Invisalign can work for you.
Invisalign works well on crowding, overbites, underbites, and gapping between the teeth. Issues with compliance affect success rates, and patients who keep their aligners in for the recommended amount of time will have better results. Satisfaction rates, which assess how happy patients are with the end result, are very high. Up to 96 percent of Invisalign patients are satisfied with the experience and the end result.
There is no official minimum age limit for Invisalign Teen patients, but teen patients must have most of their adult teeth in place and be old enough to adhere to the regimen of wearing the aligners 22 hours a day. Parents and dentists are encouraged to discuss when their child might be ready for Invisalign Teen. Some preteens will meet these requirements and some teenagers will not. It is very individual.