More adults than ever before are choosing to have their teeth straightened. If you are considering treatment, the following advice addresses the most commonly asked questions.
There are good reasons to have your teeth straightened. For example, you may be embarrassed by their crooked appearance. Also, the long-term effects of bad tooth alignment, such as uneven wear and gum damage, may get worse as you get older. Naturally, most people wish to keep their teeth healthy throughout their life, and orthodontic treatment will help you achieve this.
Am I too old to have braces?
Many people who missed out on having their teeth straightened as a child can still benefit from treatment as an adult. Your dentist and orthodontist will be able to advise you on your suitability for treatment. About 25% of our patients are adults. Age is not a factor in receiving orthodontic care.
The main differences for an adult are the increased bone density, absence of jaw growth, possible gum problems, and worn, broken or missing teeth. Due to these factors, some adults may need to see other dental specialists as well as an orthodontist for complete treatment. Many more adults are seeking comprehensive treatment as they become increasingly aware of the benefits of modern treatment.
Will braces affect my lifestyle?
Contrary to some people’s fears, your lifestyle is minimally affected during treatment. Most adults enjoy enormous support and encouragement from family and friends when they decide to have treatment. Properly positioned teeth are much easier to care for and clean. In addition to improved chewing and speech, a correct bite plays an important role in reducing future wear of the teeth and stress on the supporting bone and jaw joints.
Are there alternatives to braces and orthodontic treatment?
Fixed appliances, or braces are the most precise and effective way to correct teeth alignment and jaw problems. Clear, ceramic braces are an alternative to the traditional metal braces. New technology involving the use of clear aligners (Invisalign) may also be used instead of fixed braces. Consult your orthodontist to find out which option is best for you.