Do you think you are too old for the braces?

Are you one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious, or even embarrassed by your smile?

Everyone loves a great smile — recent research has determined that seeing a smile gives more pleasure than eating chocolate or having sex. But when you don’t have a smile you’re proud of, it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable just to open your mouth. Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile, or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear adult metal braces for years, or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.

We have good news for you!!!

Braces aren’t just for teenagers. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

There are many effective, safe, and affordable cosmetic braces solutions that fit your lifestyle. Today, advances in orthodontics are making braces less obvious, teasing less likely, and adults more willing to undergo treatment. Fortunately, if you have crooked or crowded teeth, an under-bite or over-bite, or even a jaw disorder, there are now a wide range of cosmetic and orthodontic treatments to help bring the joy back to talking, laughing, and eating.

Unlike the metal dental braces of yesteryear, which spawned countless jokes about “metal mouths,” today’s dental braces offer improved technologies and aesthetics to decrease treatment time and help you feel less self-conscious. Adults can now choose from ceramic braces, with virtually invisible tooth-colored brackets, or lingual dental braces that are placed behind the teeth.

Why do adults need braces?

Irregular teeth and a poor bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, abnormal wear of the biting surfaces of the teeth, cavities, and areas of weakened enamel. Surprisingly, on a psychological level, it is incredible how mal-aligned teeth can greatly affect personal contentment and self-esteem.

Often, adults report that they had a course of braces as a teenager, but did not receive retainers to wear long-term. Over the years, they have noticed their teeth gradually moving back towards their original position.

Some adults have postponed orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons, including cost and being embarrassed about the prospect of wearing braces.

  • Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, over-bites and under-bites, incorrect jaw position, or jaw joint disorders. If left untreated, these problems can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, and earaches, as well as speaking, biting, or chewing problems. They may have difficulty chewing due to a bad bite or malocclusion, where teeth don’t align properly.
  • Their teeth are too crowded or spaced too widely apart, which can lead to greater tooth decay or even gum disease.
  • They have jaw pain or suffer from pressure caused by crooked teeth.
  • They want a healthier mouth and more confident smile.

During initial dental examination, your dentist will outline the appropriate options, the duration, and the cost of the proposed treatment.

Treatment options for adults

Many adults have already had traditional metal braces in the past, and would now like to wear customized, comfortable, and even invisible appliances. Orthodontists, who are specialists in braces, offer many types of braces to fit your lifestyle and your needs:

Downsides of getting braces as an adult?

Although braces can be effective at any age, it can take little longer for adults to get the same results. In addition, some insurance plans don’t cover braces for patients over 18.

How successful are braces?

Orthodontics usually work very well, but it is important to look after your teeth while you’re wearing braces. Braces can trap food and cause more plaque to build up than usual. You need to take extra care cleaning your teeth and watch what you eat, avoiding sugary foods and drinks. You should also see your dentist regularly while having orthodontic treatment.

About Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Marchbanks has practiced dentistry in Arlington Texas since 1983. He enjoys caring for patients young and old. You can find Dr. Marchbanks on
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