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53 year old wonders if it would be worth it.

  • windywyo
  • Casper, WY
  • 2 years ago

I recently changed dentists and of course they want to do all kinds of stuff to "help", replace old crowns etc. I was also told that as you age your teeth tend to crowd as your face narrows with age. hmmm. also that it appears as though i am grinding my teeth as i sleep.  So they suggested i try the invisalign, that it would help with many of the  "issues". I am not sure I am up for a year of what i have been reading. Any thoughts from anyone close to my age that has had it done.

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I am a 56 year old female. I just started tray 4. The worst pain is the first 3-4 days of your 1st tray. You will really wonder what the heck you did.. and spent so much money on!!!! I am certainly hoping to get a nice result. It will take a little over the year for the top and about 6 months for the bottom. I am pretty early in my treatment so cannot really comment yet on the "success" factor..
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I am 66 and just starting Invisalign. It is a big commitment but the aligners percent grinding, make it easy to whiten teeth and a nice white even smile is good at any age. However, I am a lady who wants to look and feel as good as the law allows. Teeth do crowd more as you get older. I have friends who have allowed their teeth to go dark and crooked. It looks terrible. It is expensive, so you have to consider the $5k price tag.
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If it improves your health and well being then it is worth the effort.
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I personally wouldn't get Invisalign unless the appearance of your teeth bothers you. A night guard will prevent the teeth grinding. I agree with getting a consultation from an orthodontist who can advise you of all your options.
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Hi windywyo, I'm only 43 but have a similar situation: my teeth have been getting more crowded in the front, plus I have been grinding my teeth at night, and in their crowded configuration I'm actually starting to grind away the enamel. I'm doing Invisalign to correct the bite so my teeth won't be coming together in such a destructive way. You should consider getting a second opinion, and I would suggest talking to an orthodontist (not just a dentist) who can give a better opinion on if or how your teeth should be adjusted. I was able to find an orthodontist who gave free estimates. This gave me more confidence in my decision, instead of just talking to my regular dentist, who seemed to be just telling everyone to do Invisalign. One thing to consider is to just get a night guard to protect your teeth from the night grinding. A custom-fitted one costs a few hundred dollars and you only wear it at night. That will stop any damage you're doing in your sleep; then there's no rush to make a decision about realignment. Invisalign is a huge investment of time and effort; don't let anyone push you into it! Best of luck.
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I will be starting Invisalign on May 31st, I am very excited, just wish it was sooner.
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I'm almost 57 and just got Invisalign. Had braces as a kid but teeth had shifted badly. Like you had observed more crowding of late. Saw this not just in my mouth but in others as they aged. I figure that with Invisalign I can fix the current problem and control the "deterioration" (structural collapse might be a better term) that would otherwise occur. I think it's a worthwhile investment (obviously) in my health and appearance. The alternative was just let nature take its course---no thanks. My teeth are healthy and I expect that with any kind of luck, I'm looking at 3+ decades---and then kaput...looking good to the end ;)
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You can click here to read reviews of Invisalign wearers who are all between the age of 45-54.

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