If you have always wanted braces or Invisalign, but weren’t able to have them for one reason or another, now is the time to work on your smile.
When Are You Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment?
In short, never. We treat patients of all ages every day. Some adults are getting braces for the first time because they weren’t in the budget when they were kids. Other patients have had braces before, but they didn’t wear their retainers and their teeth have shifted, so now they are using Invisalign.
We have treated patients who were in their 70s, proving you are truly never too old for braces or Invisalign.
Adult Orthodontic Treatment Types
Technically, any treatment used on a child or teen can also be used for adults, but the following treatments are often preferred by adults.
Invisalign®: This innovative orthodontic treatment trades brackets and wires for clear, plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth as new aligners are worn. Invisalign is worn the longest and treats the harder issues, while Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express handle minor to moderate gaps and crookedness.
Ceramic braces: Also referred to as clear braces, ceramic braces treat the same tough issues as metal braces, but the brackets are made from clear ceramic, which makes them less noticeable on your teeth. The wires can also be white instead of silver to disguise the treatment even more.
Healthier Teeth, Healthier You
Many adults have accepted the way their teeth look, and they don’t see the need for treatment. However, there are even more important reasons to correct your smile.
Having straighter teeth isn’t just about how you look, it also affects your health. Crooked or misaligned teeth do not wear evenly and can cause jaw pain, headaches, and chewing issues. Not properly chewing your food can lead to gastrointestinal problems.
Crowded or unevenly spaced teeth can be harder to keep clean, leading to plaque buildup and infected gums. And unfortunately, these issues tend to get worse with age instead of better. A properly aligned smile helps alleviate these problems and looks great.