My granddaughter spent the weekend with me. We had tons of fun. At dinner, she took these clear things off her teeth. She said they were the new braces the teens are wearing called Invisalign. Can the elderly wear them too? My sister recently got porcelain veneers to change her smile. Her teeth look great but I don’t want to spend that much money. I was thinking if I could just straighten and whiten them I’d be thrilled. What do you think? Is a grandma too old?
First, it’s great that you and your granddaughter get alone time like that. Those are memories she’ll treasure her whole life. Now to answer your questions. You’re never too old for Invisalign if you are a good candidate. I’d simply talk to your dentist about your interest. Most cases work with Invisalign.
Teeth whitening is a great mini makeover as well. In fact, you can do both procedures at the same time. Your Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays, saving you both time and money. Be aware, teeth whitening is only effective on natural tooth structure, so any visible dental work (like porcelain crowns or dental fillings, will need to be replaced after your whitening is completed so everything matches your bright new color.
Doing Invisalign Correctly
There are some important things to remember when doing your Invisalign procedure:
- Wear the aligners for the full two-weeks before switching to the next pair, even if they feel ready to switch. Your teeth actually move into position within the first few days of wear. The remainder of the two-week period is to allow your bone to shore up the tooth root in the new position. Without that time, your teeth will become loose and fall out.
- Wear the aligners at all times, except during meals and oral hygiene. This will ensure your treatment is efficient.
- Brush your teeth after each meal. You should be doing this anyway, but your mouth contains saliva which has important bacteria fighting minerals. Those won’t get to your teeth as often because they’re covered by the aligners. That makes it all the more important you’re keeping up with brushing and flossing.
You’ll find when this work is done, you’ll look and feel younger. It’s a great confidence booster.
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