Are You Too Old for Braces?

September 11, 2015

There seems to be a strange stigma in regards to adult orthodontic treatment, yet almost twenty percent of people who wear braces are adults.

There is nothing wrong with seeking orthodontic treatment after you turn eighteen, even if you have had braces earlier in life. As we grow older, it’s natural for teeth to shift or for a change in jawline to occur. Perhaps you didn’t wear your retainer long enough (this may not even be your fault, as orthodontists have found that retainers should remain in use much longer than thought in past decades), or perhaps you are seeking help due to injury. Whatever the case, you should not feel awkward about seeking medical help and improvement.

If you are a first-time patient getting orthodontic treatment, it’s important to know that there are many types of braces for adults. If you’re worried about braces affecting your social life, you should know you are no longer limited to the traditional wire braces. Ceramic braces are tooth-colored or clear, making them much less noticeable.  Invisalign is made up of clear plastic aligners that are custom-fitted, so no one will notice you are receiving orthodontic treatment (excluding your smile getting better and better, of course).

So no. You are not too old for braces.

We tend to trick ourselves as we get older. Thinking that our life and appearance are set and nothing is going to change. Whether it is straightening teeth, adopting a healthier lifestyle or picking up that musical instrument you have always wanted to play, it is only too late when we convince ourselves that it is.

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