You are never too old for braces!
Recent surveys show that adult patients make up over 25% of the average orthodontic practice. Advancements in technology now allows adults to get the smile they have always dreamed of…without having a “metal mouth.” The growing number of adult patients is directly related to the proven fact that a more pleasing smile can increase success in the business world and lead to a more satisfying and active lifestyle.
No More Metal!
Many adult orthodontic patients are treated with “Clear” braces. These braces are made of porcelain and are virtually invisible. Clear braces actually have many advantages over metal braces including enhanced aesthetics and reduced discomfort due to more gentle movement of the teeth. For those that want completely invisible braces, those worn by movie stars and glamour models, “lingual” braces can be placed on the inside surfaces of the teeth. These braces cannot be seen by any one except the orthodontist. Recently, clear aligners and “Invisalign” have become popular due to mass marketing. These appliances are appropriate for some minor tooth movements, but they do not provide the control necessary for more detailed movements. These detailed movements are often needed for a “balanced bite”.
When is the Best Time?
The best time for orthodontic treatment is now! Regardless of how old you are, you can have the smile you have always dreamed of. Many adult patients comment, “I have taken care of the kids and now it’s my turn.” Improving your smile will be the best investment you have ever made!