Am I too old to have orthodontic treatment?

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“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.

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And there’s more good news for orthodontic patients in the 21st century. Gone are the days when wearing braces meant looking like you have a mouth full of metal. Advances in orthodontic appliances mean that metal braces have not only become much smaller but are also available in different and less obvious forms.

Clear braces

Braces are now available in a ceramic material that matches the colour of your tooth, with a clear wire attached making them much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. 

Internal lingual braces

Internal lingual braces are an orthodontic treatment that instead of being attached to the front of the teeth are attached to the back. This allows patients to have their teeth straightened just as effectively as with traditional braces, but without others even being able to tell they have braces. 

Invisalign

Invisalign are clear plastic aligners worn over the teeth to move them into position. They are removable (meaning no food restrictions and easy cleaning) and are not visible to others. Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular option among adults who want straighter teeth. 

Additional benefits of orthodontic treatment

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.

How to know which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you

If you’re thinking of getting orthodontics, no matter your age, it’s important to have a consultation with a specialist orthodontist. They will examine your teeth and bite and discuss which type of orthodontic treatment will be best suited to you depending on your teeth and the results that you want. 

Call our team on 13 13 96 to book in for a consultation with one of our orthodontists and get a step closer to having the smile you want.

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*The contents of this blog post are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.

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