Adult Orthodontic Treatment – Am I Too Old for Braces?

Teenagers aren’t the only ones who want a perfect smile. Many adults choose to have braces to enhance their appearance and self-confidence. According to the experts, it’s never too late for adults to opt for braces to correct problems and straighten their teeth. Today, nearly half of the orthodontic patients are adults hoping to get the smile they have always wanted.

Technology has changed almost everything we do, and braces are no exception. Today, braces are very light-weight and cosmetic-friendly and, in some cases, invisible. They have small brackets and don’t wrap around the tooth as they did in the past. Along with being easier on the eye, the time taken to straighten teeth is less than it used to be. 

There are many reasons adults decide to get braces, but the main reason is to upgrade their smile. This will make a big difference in their appearance, positively affecting both their personal and professional lives. If a person doesn’t get orthodontic treatment when he or she is a child, they may not have good oral health as adults. Crooked and crowded teeth as well as underbites and overbites and jaw disorders are all problems that can be treated in children and in adults. When these problems are left untreated, the person can develop chewing problems, gum disease, tooth decay as well as speaking problems. 

Braces are custom-made appliances that apply pressure to certain teeth that will change their position. This is usually used to straighten crooked teeth, but it may also be used to change your bite or the way your mouth closes. There are several different types of braces including high-grade stainless steel, which is the most common variety. These braces are attached to the front of teeth and are not at all like the metal braces of old. 

Clear, ceramic braces are also attached to the front of teeth. However, they are much less noticeable than metal braces because they blend with the color of your teeth. Although they look better than metal braces, they are more delicate and easily break. There are also braces that attach to the back of your teeth and are hidden from view. 

Invisible braces are clear, customized appliances that fit over your teeth and gradually move them. A new appliance is needed every two weeks as the teeth move. They are less visible than ceramic braces and have the advantage of being removable. They can be washed and cleaned after every meal and, if the wearer has a very special occasion, they can be left off for a couple of hours without causing any damage. 

It takes a week or two for anyone, child or adult, to adjust to braces, but it’s worth it. Whatever type of braces you have, it’s important to keep them clean. Food and plaque can get trapped between the gums and teeth, so it’s recommended to brush, floss and rinse regularly while you anticipate your beautiful, new smile.

If you’re considering braces, contact our team at Brodie Bowman DMD for a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your teeth and customize a treatment plan to get you that perfect smile. Contact Brodie Bowman DMD today to get started.