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I am 61 and am wondering if it is a practical procedure for me to have done? Has anyone else at my age had this done?

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  • 1 year ago

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I am 67 and started Invisalign at 66. I feel I am never too old to take care of my appearance. I had crooked teeth for decades, getting worse. Now I am 2/3rds of the way through and very happy. As per traveling and eating out, I can zip these trays in and out in seconds now. I put them in a plastic bag in my purse. Dinner is the longest. I have been on 2 very nice cruises and made it all work. People rarely notice unless they have done the same thing. I do buy vanilla protein drinks for snacks even when traveling, so I do not have to take them out. But I love a leisurely dinner while in Europe and did not sacrifice the pleasure. I have been a "good" patient and all is going well.
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Good for you. That's what I loved about Invisalign...the flexibility to make it work for my lifestyle. Sounds like you've made it a positive experience...as best as you can.
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54. I always thought my teeth were not that bad. My daughter suggested I get braces. My Dentist suggested Invisalign. I thought I was too old. I am happy to see that there are older people than me! I want a better smile for my daughter's wedding. I am on tray ONE. A lifetime to go.... All your stories are important! Thanks!
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It will go quicker than you think. I remember thinking I'd never get to the end. Now I can't believe I've been done with the bottoms for a year and the uppers about 9-10 months. I'm now wearing the retainers only at night, although some evenings they feel a bit tight, so I'll add a couple hours of wear to the next few days. I love the versatility of Invisalign. And now everyone tells me I'm smiling more...just think how wonderful you'll look in yor daughter's wedding pictures.
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Thanks for your reply. I believe I read that you also travelled to Europe with your Invisaligners? I am going in June, and at that time I will have had the trays for only 8 weeks. I hate dining out. I feel like I am in a race to hurry up and get them back in my mouth. I dread the thought of trying to eat on the plane, and in restaurants. Any tips for traveling?
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One thing that was invaluable was taking disposable gloves with me. They came in so handy, because I wasn't always able to clean my hands before having to take out my ligners. Also I went through a lot of bottled water to clean/rinse the ligners, but it was worth it. And, I soaked my aligners, when I could with 50/50 water and peroxide. It seemed to keep them clear and clean. I also took the disposable toothbrushes with me, soft-pics, flossers and small bottle of mouthwash to do the best I could in cleaning my teeth while we were out sightseeing or hiking. My husband was very supportive, which I think really helped. BTW, take empty water bottles and fill them after you go thru security...it helps with plane travel. And I also wore one set for almost 3 weeks because that way I felt I could keep them out a bit longer without having a problem...i.e., 2 hrs once a day for a long dinner or lunch. So it adds an extra week, but it seemed easier at the time and it didn't see, to matter to me in the long run. Let me know if you have any other concerns, or if I didn't answer something for you. Good luck.
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I have just finished a delightful lady of 57. She had crooked teeth all her life and we treated her with Invisalign. Invisalign allowed her to travel the world and get her teeth straight. Fixed braces would not allow that sort of allowance. I'm just as glad as you all are that I do INVISALIGN
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I am 57 and 4 days into my first tray. Just found this website to see if others are as miserable as me. I'm happy to see my experience is not unique, but it doesn't make me feel any less whiney about it. I know I'll love the results, and I have a whole new appreciation the teenagers with braces who I've heard complain about the pain.
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It may not hurt them as much.  They're still growing and a little more malleable ;)  All of us who make reviews use them to complain about the pain.  Some have worse pain than others, but you're most certainly not alone!
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I have treated over 860 patients to date and I cannot remember pain as being a major problem; otherwise I would have stopped by now. The new aligner system is more elastic and hence very little discomfort. Please persevere.
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Yeah, it certainly wasn't a major problem for me.  It was just another thing, like not being able to chew or headaches.  You get through it.  But we have had a few people here on RealSelf who experienced pain so bad they were not willing to continue.  They seem to be the vast minority. :)
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Well here's a follow up to my complaint from Monday. It seems I was developing a full on head cold that was manifesting initially with headache and overall feeling yucky. I blamed it on the trays, but once the nose blowing came into play I realized my error. The trays are the least of my woes today. LOL Cepacol lozenges help the pain of the mouth irritation.
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LOL!  Get well soon, Justdar826!  Hopefully that means you'll feel no pain at all for the rest of your treatment! :D
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I'm 53 on my second WK of tray 1..my tongue hurt first couple of days and some pressure but not too bad. Can't complain.
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I am 66 and love the results. A pretty smile is nice at any age.
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I'm 66 and just started bottom tray 4 days ago. So far no real pain but bottoms of trays are sharp and will file down or use was as suggested by several member of the Invisalign forum. Will get with orthodontist Monday first thing to work on ensuring all future trays are not sharp. Invisalign should be jumping on a solution to protect their reputation since so many people are pointing this out. Maybe a Six Sigma project by them is in order?
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I think the edges are very jagged but all of my trays are already at the dentist so there is nothing to be done noe.
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I am 57 and glad that I chose to go ahead with this treatment. You are never too old to improve your health and well being.
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Following up on my previous reply. I finished the primary treatment 2 months ago, consisting of 42 tray sets. My teeth are so much better. However, we need to do the refinement to achieve complete reversal of my severe overbite. I am so glad I decided to do Invisalign because my dental health is greatly improved. Age does not matter. Your teeth will move and improve, and there is nothing more important than your health.
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Anyone in UK-this month- just started Invisalign? Would be good to blog here with you. JuneAL
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I'm 66 and just started bottom tray 4 days ago. So far no real pain but bottoms of trays are sharp and will file down or use was as suggested by several member of the Invisalign forum. Will get with orthodontist Monday first thing to work on ensuring all future trays are not sharp. Invisalign should be jumping on a solution to protect their reputation since so many people are pointing this out. Maybe a Six Sigma project by them is in order?
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Hi ...smiled when I read these comments:) I am definitely in this age bracket..58.5 and got my first trays last week. Having missed the 'brace' era thought 'why not get my crowded teeth sorted before my 60th?? 15 trays to go!!..Finding all the blogs helpful and am very encouraged to read that age is no barrier to the effectiveness of Invisalign. A good effect is that for the past 6 days I have stopped 'snacking', drunk more water and feel generally better. Sore mouth in places but healing fairly quickly and deciding that this is going to be pretty much the norm for this 'season' knowing that NEXT Summer I can just grab a cold Coke when I feel like it!! JuneAL
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Invisalign can be used to move teeth at any age. If you are in your 80s then getting them out can be a pain, but ask your dentist for less or no attachments. I have some patients who did not have the buttons. The alignment was still 85% perfect.
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I got Invisalign when I was 65. My problem was several spaces--top and bottom. It took 9 months to fix it and I did not have any problems. I admit that with the attachments on, it took a while to take the aligners out at first. I had very little pain. A Tylenol took care of anything that bothered me. I am so glad I did this.
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I'm 54 and am into my 6th month. I am happy with the results, am already seeing straighter teeth. But it is a HUGE commitment. However, I think at my age I am better able to handle it than if I was 20, 30 or even 40. I can't wait for it to be over, and some days I wonder if I'll make it to the end (I'm not looking for perfection, just a bit better smile). My ortho says I can stop anytime. But then I think, "it's only another 2 weeks for another aligner...keep going." Also, if you have any dental work in your mouth, I feel the aligners work better. No harsh brackets on crowns or pulling on a large filling. And I can remove them when I want. Some weeks, if I've had them out a bit more than normal, I may wear the set for an extra day or two before switching to new trays. It's a commitment, and not a cheap one, but you can gear it to your lifestyle. Good luck. Let us know what you decide.
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