It is not uncommon to see children and teenagers wearing braces. It makes sense since childhood is usually the best time to get teeth corrected with braces. With so many young people wearing braces, some adults think they are too old for braces. But it is never too late to get braces!
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. The American Association of Orthodontists states that one in three orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. Many adults receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health and want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Reasons Why it is Never Too Late to Get Braces
- Have healthy teeth: Straight teeth are healthy teeth. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing and may help prevent other health problems.
- A confident smile: A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence. Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Untreated dental abnormalities can get worse: Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when needed can create long-term health issues costing you more.
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
- Clear Braces
- Traditional Braces
- Personalized Aligners
Adult orthodontics versus orthodontics for children and teens
There are not many differences between adult and child orthodontics; however, jawbones are still developing in children and teens. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery, in which the orthodontist surgically aligns the jawbones. Other differences include:
Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift positions that only an orthodontist can correct. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen but never completed their treatment. As adults, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Final Words About Braces for Adults
Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment and that we meet your needs with our understanding, respect, and total commitment.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, don’t hesitate to contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand your busy schedule and will work with you to ensure each office visit is as convenient as possible.
Your Friendly Team at
St. George, Utah