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Am I Too Old for an Orthodontic Treatment From my Dentist?
Many people think that orthodontic treatment is for children and teens. They are under the impression that teeth straightening is a ship that has sailed now that they are past a certain age. This is simply not true.
For many adults, orthodontic treatment brings up thoughts of spinach in braces and awkward smiles. Admittedly, that is not the ideal look for the workplace or other adult settings. Still, you should not let these mental pictures keep you from getting your dream smile.
No one is too old for orthodontic treatment
It is never too late to receive orthodontic treatment and here are a couple of reasons why:
1. Orthodontic treatments improve oral health
Misaligned teeth can be the result of many things. Some people get crooked teeth later in life, after an accident, a missing tooth, periodontal disease or teeth grinding. These unfortunate situations can cause the jaws and teeth to lose their alignment and become crooked.
Others are born with inherited and/or congenital conditions and might go through childhood without corrective orthodontic treatments. Once they become adults, these people may think they are too old to "have a mouth full of metal."
The thing is, a person is never too old to enjoy improved oral health. Crooked teeth are harder to clean, which can ultimately lead to plaque, tartar, tooth decay or gum disease. Orthodontic treatment lowers the chance of these things happening. It also improves a person’s smile. In some cases, treatment improves speech and breathing.
So, even if a person were facing the prospect of becoming the office metal-mouth, it would still be worth it in the end. Except that with recent innovations in orthodontics, there are now orthodontic treatment options that do not call as much attention.
2. Orthodontic treatments are more subtle now
It seems like metal braces are falling out of style with older teens, which great those who need their teeth straightened. There are some orthodontic options (initially made for teens) that are barely noticeable.
Orthodontic treatment alternatives to metal braces
Metal braces require attaching brackets to each tooth. These brackets are connected to each other by a framework that can be adjusted. Every so often, an orthodontist adjusts these wires. This pushes individual brackets to put more pressure on the teeth they are bonded to. The pressure causes the teeth to move to better positions. Luckily, there are a number of treatment options now available for those who wish to forgo traditional metal braces.
With clear braces, brackets are not made of colorful materials. Instead, they are made of clear or tooth-colored materials, making them much less noticeable. This means a person can wear braces to work without calling too much attention.
Lingual braces are bonded to the back of the teeth, which makes them virtually invisible. This is a great option for a person who does not want to be seen wearing braces.
For people with mild or moderate malocclusions, clear aligners can get the job done. Clear aligners come in the form of teeth trays that are custom-made to fit tightly over the teeth. They have a shape that is almost similar to a person’s teeth. The slight difference in shape is what allows the aligners to push teeth into new and better positions. Clear aligners are made of clear plastics, which effectively makes them invisible.
Time for a picture-perfect smile
There really is nothing stopping you from enjoying straight teeth. All you have to do is call or visit us. Together, we can come up with a treatment plan that is right for you. You can finally start your journey to straight and healthy teeth.
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