When Is The Best Time to Get Invisalign?
Getting your teeth straightened is a life-changing decision, so it’s important to consider which life stage you’re at. Find out how and when Invisalign can improve your smile without interrupting your life.
If you suffer from any form of crooked teeth, there’s a high chance that it’s always weighing on your mind. You’ve probably done your Braces vs Invisalign research, but you’re still not quite sure when’s the right time to take the plunge. When it comes to Invisalign, any time is a good time. Here’s why.
In Your Teens
It’s tough to be a teenager these days. Wonky teeth don’t help. Wonky teeth fitted with train tracks definitely don’t help. You want to get through your adolescent years with a smile that doesn’t attract sniggers, and the freedom to eat, drink and play your favourite sports. We’ve said that Invisalign is changing teen orthodontics in important ways because it addresses everything you’re worried about, and delivers the results you want.
With virtually invisible aligners, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. The BPA-free plastic aligners also double up as a protective mouth guard during active sports, and you simply pop them off when it’s meal or snack time. The teenage years are a perfect time to get Invisalign — you just need the parental units to give the go-ahead. Use the tips in our Invisalign Teen Cheat Sheet to talk and convince your parents.
As a Working Adult
Now that you’re officially part of the workforce, you’re faced with a greater paradox. On one hand, you are likely to be more conscious of your less-than-ideal smile and have the financial freedom to do something about it. On the other, however, you’re not keen on sporting metal brackets at work, and you definitely don’t have the luxury of time to visit the dentist every month.
That’s why many professionals choose Invisalign. You’ll be working on your smile at work and no one will know, thanks to the virtually invisible aligners. In fact, social media influencer Eunice Annabel was modelling and acting throughout her Invisalign treatment! A year after completing it, she’s still raving about it. With Invisalign, it also helps that you get to see exactly how your smile will look like post treatment as the process is already mapped out with a 3D computer simulation. Based on the simulation, your aligners are custom made before the start of your treatment, so you can pack them with you when you travel for work or for play.
Before Saying ‘I Do’
If there’s a time in your life when you’re all smiles, it’s going to be on your wedding day. It’s natural to want to look your best, especially when there’s non-stop photo-taking from your pre-wedding shoot and bachelorette party to the actual day. This was true for Sheila Mandy, a social media influencer who grew increasingly conscious of her less-than-ideal smile while planning for her wedding. Invisalign helped put an end to her toothy worries, and it could help you achieve your ideal smile before you walk down the aisle — or even as you walk down the aisle! The aligners are virtually invisible, after all.
If you’d rather not invite Invisalign to your wedding, you just need to plan ahead. You can speed up your Invisalign treatment time by using Acceledent, a nifty orthodontic device that produces gentle pulses to quicken tooth movement. You can also talk to your dentist about adjusting your treatment so you get to ditch the aligners for one day. Add a teeth-whitening session to your to-do list, and you’re set for the best day of your life!
After Having a Baby
Those nine months of aches and pains, cramps and swollen feet will seem insignificant the moment you set eyes on your tiny bundle of joy. Pregnancy woes are but a distant memory now — except that it could leave you with crooked teeth. During pregnancy, your body produces relaxin to relax your pelvic muscles, but this hormone can also affect teeth movement. It’s not uncommon for new or would-be mothers to discover that their teeth were not as straight as before.
Invisalign is great at this point in your life because it’s a low-maintenance option. You only have to visit the dentist once every two months — or even once every four months with the Dental Monitoring app. Less time in the dentist’s chair, more time with your baby (and to catch up on sleep).
During Your Golden Years
If you can’t be too young to work on your smile, then you most certainly can’t be too old either! Just because you lived with crooked teeth most of your life doesn’t mean that you can’t get your ideal smile now. In retirement, you have more time and freedom to focus on yourself and what makes you happy. There’s no age limit to Invisalign as long as your teeth are healthy. You’ll also be happy to know that Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Because the aligners are smooth, they don’t nick and cut the way metal brackets do. And that matters, because you really shouldn’t have to suffer through that at your age.
Looking to fix your teeth alignment and achieve your ideal smile? Request for a consultation with an Invisalign-accredited dentist today!