How common are Invisalign braces in adults?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

There are several factors in determining whether or not the Invisalign system will be successful in any given patient. Two of the most important are difficulty of the case and cooperation potential of the patient. If the teeth are too crowded, crooked, or the bite problems too complex, Invisalign will not be successful no matter how well they are worn. Conversely, removable treatment systems like Invisalign will not work even in the simplest cases if not worn. I have found in my practice that about 10% of my adult patients qualify for Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign braces, or clear aligner trays, are becoming more common among adults. Since these braces became available in 1999, more than a million people have worn Invisalign. In general, Invisalign aligner trays correct minor to moderate crowding, spacing, and alignment problems in adult permanent teeth. Many adults prefer this type of braces because they are virtually unnoticeable. 

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