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Is it Ever Too Late to Begin Orthodontics?

You aren’t happy with your smile. While your teeth are healthy, strong, and white, you have orthodontic concerns that you can’t avoid. Each time you look in the mirror, you see those gaps, crowding, or bite issues that make you want to stay away from a camera. You’ve always thought that orthodontics were for teenagers. Now you want to know is something can be done as an adult. Don’t lose hope. You still have a chance at getting the smile you have always wanted.

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Orthodontics

If you are an adult, even an older adult, you could still be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. The main thing you need to consider is your oral health. You need to have healthy teeth and gums before treatment can begin. Orthodontic treatment involves gently shifting your teeth into the proper position to have an appealing alignment. Your jawbone and gums need to be in good shape before treatment can begin. Tooth decay or severe tooth loss are a problem when considering orthodontic treatment. As long as your mouth is in good shape and you are in good health, you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment.

What to Expect from Orthodontic Treatment

When you receive orthodontic treatment, the main goal is move your teeth into the proper position in order to give you an attractive smile. Not only will your teeth look better, you will find it easier to maintain good, oral hygiene as well. When your teeth are aligned properly, you are less likely to deal with problems such as a TMJ disorder or sleep apnea.

The process will begin with choosing the type of orthodontic treatment that will address your issue. Whether you have braces affixed to your teeth or you wear clear Invisalign® aligners, treatment could last up to two years. Your length of treatment will depend on the condition of your teeth and how much shifting is necessary.

What to Do Once Treatment is Complete

When your orthodontic treatment is complete, be sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions and wear your retainer for the specified amount of time. This will ensure your teeth do not shift back into the old position. You will also want to take good care of your teeth to preserve your dazzling smile well into the future.

Schedule Your Consultation

The first step toward that beautiful smile is an appointment at Grace and Bowman Orthodontics. Our team, led by Dr. Brodie Bowman, will perform an evaluation, discuss any health considerations, and determine the best treatment plan to adjust your teeth. You have many choices, including traditional braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. If there are any problems with orthodontic treatment, we can advise you of other possible solutions to help you improve your smile. Contact Grace and Bowman Orthodontics today to find out more.