Ideal Age to Straighten Teeth
Clear aligners in recent years have been revolutionizing how people can go about transforming their smiles. Gone are the days when you would have to endure “brace face” and all the comments which come along with having braces. There will always be that one person during a dinner party or in your life that goes “EH, you put on braces?” Slip-on your clear aligners and no one would know unless you specifically mention it to them. Aesthetically focused without compromising on functionality is what makes clear aligners such a popular choice with modern-day consumers, especially with the younger generation. The advisable age range for suitability with clear aligners starts from 18 and goes all the way up to 59 years old. If you happen to fall between the specified age, it is a high possibility that you are suited to use clear aligners as your form of orthodontic treatment. And if you don’t? Don’t be discouraged, it does not mean you are not suitable. Think of age as a data point in a list of parameters that determines your suitability for clear aligners. Perhaps the most important parameter is the patient’s oral health. If you are 70 and still have healthy gums and teeth, there’s definitely a possibility of you using clear aligners to straighten out your teeth. Nothing is too late. How about on the other end of the spectrum if you are a young child? After all, orthodontic treatment is ideally done when the patient is young and presumably has healthy gums. The main reason for the age cut off to be 18 is due to consent. However, if a parent was asking for their child, clear aligners can be used for ages 18 and below. The rule of thumb is healthy gums and appropriately developed teeth. So why wait any longer? If you fall between the age range and would like to straighten your teeth, check with us. If you aren’t between the ages of 18 - 59, contact us all the same and we can advise you based on your condition.