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?
Never. We treat patients of all ages on a daily basis. Some adults opt for braces for the first time due to financial constraints when they were younger. Meanwhile, there are those who had braces before but didn't use retainers, causing their teeth to shift, prompting them to use Invisalign now. We have successfully treated patients as old as their late 80s, indicating that you can never be too old for braces or Invisalign.
Adult Orthodontic Treatment Types
From a technical standpoint, any orthodontic treatment suitable for children and teenagers can also be used for adults, although adults typically prefer the following treatments.
Invisalign®: This revolutionary treatment involves using clear, plastic aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires. The aligners gradually shift your teeth as you wear new ones, with Invisalign being worn the longest and used to treat more challenging issues. Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express, on the other hand, are used to treat minor to moderate gaps and crookedness.
Ceramic braces: Sometimes referred to as clear braces, ceramic braces are just as effective as metal braces in treating difficult orthodontic issues. However, the brackets are made from clear ceramic, making them less noticeable on your teeth. The wires can even be white instead of silver, which further disguises the treatment.
Healthier Teeth, Healthier You
Many adults have grown comfortable with the appearance of their teeth and may not see the immediate need for treatment. However, there are important reasons to consider improving your smile.
Having straighter teeth isn't just about aesthetics, it can also positively impact your overall health. Crooked or misaligned teeth can wear unevenly, causing jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing. Improperly chewed food can lead to gastrointestinal problems, which is never fun.
Moreover, crowded or unevenly spaced teeth can be challenging to keep clean, leading to plaque buildup and gum infections. Regrettably, these issues tend to worsen with age rather than improve. By achieving a properly aligned smile, you can alleviate these problems while also feeling more confident about your appearance.
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