Is There an Ideal Age to Become an Invisalign® Patient? By Dr. Scott Parr on October 17, 2023

Patient holding Invisalign clear aligner

Whether you’re a parent exploring orthodontic treatment options for your child or an adult who wants a more balanced smile, chances are Invisalign® has come across in your research — and for good reason. This incredibly popular solution lets patients correct minor misalignment issues without the need for the metal brackets and wires that come with traditional braces.

While the process sure sounds convenient and effective, you may have some questions about who Invisalign is best for — particularly when it comes to the age range. Is it best for teens? Or are adults the target demographic? Is it too early — or too late — to start? Let our team in Virginia Beach, VA, discuss when is the ideal time for Invisalign clear aligner treatment.

The Truth: Invisalign Is Ideal for a Wide Age Range

There is no “perfect age” for Invisalign; whether you are fifteen or fifty, this clear aligner system can help you improve your smile and even your dental health. Now, onto the finer print: while there is no official minimum age, it’s recommended patients have all of their adult teeth before starting the standard Invisalign treatment. Fortunately, the company has created a specialized treatment line — Invisalign First™ — that works best on children between six and ten years of age.

Distinct Benefits of Starting Invisalign at Various Ages

Now that we’ve established that there is no ideal age to become an Invisalign patient, we’ll go over some of the unique benefits that patients in different walks of life can reap:


Invisalign's First clear aligner treatment is designed to ensure predictable results and create a positive experience while addressing the needs of growing children. These clear aligners allow children to receive orthodontic treatment early on at our Virginia Beach practice without any metal brackets and wires. It also helps support their teeth and jawline formation.


Removable aligners offer distinct benefits for teenagers. They can play sports without worrying about a ball doing damage to metal braces. If they play wind instruments in the school band, they may have an easier time practicing and performing. Taking care of the clear aligners is also a breeze as well, making keeping up with their dental hygiene routine convenient.


Adults may be less than thrilled about the prospect of wearing braces to work, class, or a social function. Fortunately, Invisalign is comfortable and discreet — and requires less time at the dentist’s office — accommodating even the busiest of schedules.

Wonder if Invisalign Is Right for You? Get in Touch With Us

Worried you may not be the “right” age for Invisalign? Here’s the good news: if you have minor orthodontic issues and want to achieve a straighter smile — and do it subtly — chances are Invisalign can help. However, nothing beats consulting with a dental professional to determine what treatment will help you achieve the winning smile you deserve.

Our team has been helping patients just like you throughout the Virginia Beach area for over two decades. For more information about Invisalign and orthodontic treatment at large, get in touch with our dental practice today. 

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