Are You Too Old for Orthodontic Work?

Posted on 03/25/2016 by Dr. Lovrovich
An elderly woman receiving orthodontic care.

Do you think that you’re too old to go through orthodontic treatment? Think again. While many people get orthodontic work while they are teens, it is never too late for you to improve the appearance of your teeth and to achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted. Advances in orthodontic technology have led to the creation of a variety of great orthodontic options for adults, and there are numerous reasons why you should consider getting orthodontic treatment.

Your Teeth Can Move at Any Age

Did you have braces as a teen but your teeth have since moved? Did you have a minor misalignment when you were younger that has since evolved into a major problem? These issues can arise because your teeth can move at any age. Natural growth, a medical condition, or an injury can all cause shifting of the teeth later in life, and traditional metal or clear braces can help with these issues. However, you should note that after your orthodontic treatment you’ll need to wear retainers to prevent further movement of the teeth, and without following through with this treatment, you could eventually be dealing with crooked teeth again.

Braces Can Help You to Avoid other Health Issues

If your teeth are crooked or you have an improperly aligned bite, problems with your mouth won’t be your only concern. If you don’t seek treatment for these issues, you could suffer from earaches or headaches, and since you may not be able to chew your food properly, you could experience digestive problems. Pursuing orthodontic work – even in adulthood – can help you to correct or avoid these potential problems.

Discreet Options Are Available

If you feel that you are too old for orthodontic work because you don’t want clunky, metal braces covering your smile, you are not alone. Many adults avoid orthodontic work because they don’t like the idea of having a metal appliance typically associated with the teen years on their mouths. You may be concerned about how braces can affect your personal and professional lives. Fortunately, orthodontic work has evolved dramatically over the years, and you no longer have to be embarrassed about having a metal mouth. Many adults may choose to wear ceramic braces due to their cosmetic benefits, as they are made out of clear material that is less noticeable than the traditional options. Invisalign braces are also great options, as these clear braces use no wires or metal, and instead, clear, plastic aligners will be able to move your teeth into a more desirable position.

Your Smile is Important

Your smile will be one of the first things that people notice about you, and your smile can make a positive impact on the people that are around you. However, if you are embarrassed about your teeth and are afraid to smile, you won’t achieve the same effect. Perhaps you’ve had crooked teeth since you were a child, but weren’t able to afford orthodontic treatment at that time, now is the opportunity to put yourself first and to get the smile that you’ve always wanted.

By feeling more confident about your smile, you may find that your life improves in other ways. You may suddenly feel more confident in your social life, and this increased self-esteem could help you to succeed in your professional endeavors.

If you are ready to improve your smile and your oral health, please contact our office. You can discuss the various options that can help to straighten your adult teeth. There are a variety of great options out there that can fit with your lifestyle and correct your unique orthodontic issue.

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