“Am I too old to have orthodontic treatment?” is a question commonly asked by adults considering treatment. The answer is, of course, no. As long as you are determined (and still have teeth), it is never too late to have a great smile.
Over recent years we have all become much more aware of our teeth and how to look after them. This positive shift has enabled us not only to keep our teeth for longer but also to be more aware of how they look, as well as how they function.
Many of today’s adults didn’t have the opportunity to have braces when they were younger. And now they can afford to make their own decision, some wonder about braces being able to move their teeth or being the right look at their age.
The truth is, in many cases adults are the ideal patients. Since they have made their own decision to start treatment (unlike teenagers, whose parents decide) they are more likely to look after their orthodontic appliances, and this often helps the orthodontist to achieve their goals.
And there’s more good news for orthodontic patients in the 21st century. Gone are the days when wearing braces meant looking like The Terminator. Advances in orthodontic appliances mean that metal braces have not only become much smaller but are also available in different and less obvious forms.
Options include tooth-coloured ceramic braces, internal (lingual) braces that attach to the back of the teeth, and movable clear aligners, such as Invisalign. All of these make your treatment less visible.
And remember this…
Orthodontic treatment is not only for cosmetic improvements. Straighter teeth make it much easier for you to clean your teeth and maintain good oral health; while crossed teeth can accelerate wear and impede cleaning efforts. There are also times when teeth need to be aligned before restorative or cosmetic dental work can be carried out.
For all of the above reasons, it is certainly never too late to consult an orthodontist and make your dream smile a reality.