Once reserved for children and teenagers, today more and more people are turning to adult braces to help them achieve a healthy, beautiful, and straight smile. After all, a fabulous smile is a great way to boost your confidence, and even your social life and your career. And it’s not all about looks, a straight smile is often easier to clean and less likely to lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. So there are plenty of reasons to consider braces for adults.
But is it ever too late for adult braces?
The simple answer is no – it’s never too late for healthy teeth to be moved. In fact, research has shown that, today, one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult, and there are many more adults out there who could reap the benefits of cosmetic treatments.
Factors determining if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment…
There are, of course, a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, however the list of factors does not include your age.
Instead, your suitability for braces will depend upon your current state of dental health, your general health, and the problem you are trying to fix. If you are suffering from gum disease, you may not be a suitable candidate as it can lead to the loss of bone and orthodontic treatment can make this worse.
Adult Braces Treatment Options
There are a number of different treatment options available, so if you aren’t a suitable candidate for one, there is usually an alternative treatment that can be used to help.
Whichever treatment you select, you will find that treatment methods have changed a lot over recent years. For example, colourless and clear braces can now often be used instead of the metal ones and are a lot more discreet than they used to be. These newer, more discreet options have no doubt have contributed to the increase in adults seeking treatment, with most reporting that they are very happy with the results.
Braces for Adults
Whether you opt for traditional metal or ceramic braces, they work by attaching brackets and wires to the teeth, in order to apply pressure and tension. This then causes the teeth to move slowly and gently in the desired direction.
Invisalign is a less visible treatment, which involves the use of sets of clear aligners to move the teeth into position.
Lingual Braces for Adults
Lingual braces work in the same way as traditional braces, however they sit behind the teeth rather than in front of them, making them much more difficult to detect.
If you are considering braces, or any other form of dental treatment, remember that it’s never too late, so schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your treatment options.