When patients first hear about braces or clear aligners, we often hear the question, "Am I too old for an orthodontic treatment?" While it is true that young adults and teenagers are the largest groups of orthodontic patients, with evolving technology, younger children and older adults are quickly closing the gap. So as we come across this question, we take pleasure in saying, "No. You are never too old for orthodontic treatment." Let's look at three popular orthodontic treatments available for older adults.
Many people continue to delay orthodontic treatment because they still think of braces as metal that stays in your mouth for years. Fortunately, technological advancements have transformed orthodontic treatment. Now you have options such as ceramic braces, also known as clear braces. They are made with transparent or translucent and are the most popular type of treatment among adults.
Another great alternative to conventional braces for older adults is lingual braces. They serve the same purpose as typical braces, but they are placed on your teeth' back instead of the front. So they are a great cosmetic alternative to people who want orthodontic treatment without the braces showing.
Aligners are a great alternative to metal braces for correcting mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. They are a series of tight-fitting, customized mouthpieces that slip over the teeth. The best part about aligners is that you can take them off for meals and brushing. On the flip side, you have to make sure you wear them for 22 hours a day. Moreover, you will have to switch the aligners every few weeks as your teeth adjust.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
If you're considering orthodontic treatment for correcting your longstanding cosmetic concern or other orthodontic problem, it's good to keep a few things in mind:
adult bones do not grow so you might need a surgery for some structural changes.
Your orthodontic treatment may take longer than for a child or a teenager.
If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you may also need to see a periodontist and a general dentist along with an orthodontist to ensure that you get along with the treatment smoothly.
If you think you are too old for orthodontic treatment, think again. Dr. Seth Senestraro and Dr. Seth at Senestraro Family Orthodontics may recommend you the best orthodontic treatment considering your oral needs. And the only way to get started with the right treatment is to schedule an appointment. Call us at (503) 228-1945, and we will help you straighten your smile regardless of your age.
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