The saying, “You are NEVER too old…” has never been more accurate. Many people think that braces are only for kids. In fact, a significant number of orthodontic patients are adults who are 18 to 70 years of age.
Adults seeking treatment are often unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Common complaints include crowding, spacing, protrusion of the upper teeth or even jaw and facial concerns. Treatment can range from simple therapy for the alignment of teeth to complex therapies that may involve jaw surgery. Treatment times can vary from 6 to more than 36 months depending on the complexity of the case.
The braces of today are dramatically different from the “railroad tracks” of 20 years ago. In consultation with your orthodontist, you may be able to choose from:
- small metal and clear braces
- invisible (inside) braces
- clear aligners (no braces at all!)
Most dentists agree that crowded teeth may have an effect on gum health and that the fit, appearance and longevity of certain crowns, bridges and implants may be improved if teeth are straightened first.
The appearance and health of your teeth is an important part of many aspects of life. Orthodontic treatment can be an important step towards the optimization of your dental health and your appearance.
Visit your Certified CAO Orthodontist to find out more.