Q: Why am I seeing all these adults with braces?

A: The saying “you are never too old…” has never been more accurate. Many people think that braces are only for kids. In fact, over 40% of our patients are adults aged 18-70.

Adults seeking treatment often are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Common complaints include crowding, spacing, misalignment, protruding upper teeth or even jaw and facial esthetic concerns. Treatment can range from simple therapy to align teeth to complex therapy to align jaws. Treatment times can vary from 6-36 months depending on complexity.

The braces of today are dramatically different from the “railroad tracks” of 20 years ago. We now have:

  • small metal and clear braces
  • invisible (inside) braces
  • treatment options without braces using clear aligners

Most dentists agree about the negative effects of crowded teeth on the health of the gums. Many also suggest that the fit, appearance and longevity of certain crowns, bridges and implants may be improved if the teeth are straightened first.

The appearance and health of your teeth is an important aspect of your business and social life. Orthodontic treatment can be an important step towards optimizing your dental health and appearance. Visit your Certified CAO Orthodontist to find out if you might benefit from adult orthodontics.