I am just a couple months shy of the big 5-0 and quite honestly, I feel like I am in the prime of my life! My husband and I have a very active social life and we love going to concerts and traveling. I’ve heard that 50 is the new 40, and I believe it’s true, but I’m noticing that there are some things I’d like to change about myself simply because they make me look older than I feel. One thing in particular is my smile. I’ve read about Invisalign braces and it says they are the best option for an adult. I’m afraid people will think I’m crazy because I am too old. Are there other alternatives for older people to fix their teeth? How does Invisalign differ from traditional braces? Does one hurt less/more than the other? I just want to be sure I am doing the right thing and acting my age! — Vera
Age is just a number and I’d say you definitely have the right attitude! There’s really no age limit for Invisalign – it works for people of all ages. Traditional braces would probably work for you, but in our experience, most adults prefer “invisible” braces because of how they look – and the ease of removing them for eating and brushing.
To answer your question about traditional braces vs. Invisalign: both move your teeth gradually. Metal braces typically require adjustments every month or so, and there is some pain/pressure involved – especially in the first day or so right after the adjustment. Aligners are changed out every two weeks, and because there are only minor differences from one set of aligners to the next, there’s less pressure. You also don’t have to deal with your gums getting cut or poked by wires and brackets. Overall, Invisalign is just a totally different experience.
Orthodontics does not age discriminate. It’s safe and effective as long as your overall dental health is good. Find a dentist or orthodontist that you like and trust, so you’ll feel comfortable talking with them about which one is right for you. Plus, you’ll be seeing that doctor quite frequently over the next year or so, and it’s important that you really like them.