Does Invisilign after 40 have any risks of loose teeth?

I was almost decided to start invisilign but a doctor friend mentioned that after 40 the bones don't grow as much and it can cause gum remission and may leave the teeth loose (with more movement in the mouth).

Doctor Answers 4

Not under healthy circumstances

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Invisalign should not cause any loose teeth, regardless of age. In fact, there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. I currently have patients in their 70s in treatment with great results and no side effects.

There are 2 considerations with adults. 

The first one is that they should have healthy supporting bone and gums. This is usually accomplished by undergoing an examination by a periodontist (gums and bone specialist) prior to orthodontic treatment.

The second is the careful planning of where teeth will be moved to, since even in people with healthy bone and gums, this can cause problems if not done correctly.

You should not have any problems if you see an orthodontist for your Invisalign treatment and they make sure your teeth, gums, and bones are all healthy before treatment is begun.

Hope it helps!

Hialeah Orthodontist

Invisalign Braces Treatment

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Age is not an issue of invisalign treatment. You can get the treatment without any problem. Invisalign braces is considered as one of the comfortable to wear. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more and more people who are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are using braces.

Shahin Safarian, DMD
San Diego Dentist

Invisalign and Loose Teeth

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Invisalign and traditional orthodontics should not cause teeth to become loose. In fact, the Invisalign moves the Teeth so they are not bumping into each other, traumatizing the support of the teeth-the bone. 

 The Invisalign will bring the teeth into a position where the forces of your bite are stabilized and the teeth will not become loose. Retainers afterwords will hold the teeth in those positions. 

Invisalign treatment will not only help hold the teeth in the correct position, it will also help keep the gums healthy.

Charles Briscoe, DDS
La Jolla Dentist

Not in normal, healthy individuals

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I have treated hundreds of patients over 40 with Invisalign, and this is not an issue.  You need to be sure that you have a healthy dentition first.  No orthodontic treatment including Invisalign should ever be started if the patient has periodontal disease.  The nature of all orthodontics is to create inflammation in the alveolar bone which allows the teeth to move. Therefore, the teeth always become slightly loose in the process, then the bone remodels; and the teeth become firm again after orthodontic therapy during the retention phase.

If you have mal-positioned teeth and want to improve your smile and do not have periodontal disease, you should go forward with Invisalign.  Straight teeth are easier to clean making gum disease less likely, function better making wear and fracturing less likely as well. Finally, straight teeth look great!

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.