Are Adults Too Old For Braces?

Female Patient Wearing Braces

The simple answer is no. Adults today are more likely to get braces for teeth corrections than before. The American Association of Orthodontists states that 1 in 5 patients for braces are over the age of 18.

Usually childhood is when braces are introduced. This is because bites and teeth positioning can be easier to fix due to growth factors. However, adults can have positive results as well.

Why are braces needed?

Some people have overbites in which the front teeth are too far placed over the bottom gums when biting down. Others have underbites where the bottom teeth protrude forward in front of the top teeth while biting down.

There are also problems of crowded teeth, too much space between the teeth, crooked teeth, and other problems that braces can fix.

Braces allow pressure to be placed on the teeth to align the jaw properly for bites or to change teeth position. They can help even both problems at the same time. They are simple brackets bonded to a tooth surface and also allow different wire circumferences to be threaded through each. The wire size is what determines the amount of pressure the orthodontist wants to use to fix the problem.

Will having braces really fix my problem?

It is important to have your teeth aligned because they can be harder to clean if they aren’t positioned properly. Gum disease and tooth decay are more likely to occur because of this.

Also, increased pain can occur around the jaw and face if bites aren’t corrected. This is most likely because chewing and swallowing is in excessive stress and not functioning properly. As adults, they are more likely to suffer because the problem has been avoided.

There are some things to consider as an adult in getting braces. However, they should not discourage you from continuing the process of fixing your bite or teeth concern:

  • The process can take longer as an adult than a child. This is because the teeth have stopped growing in adults and can be harder to change. The length of time could be at least two years. But step-by-step you will notice a positive difference.
  • You may want to get more than just the opinion of your orthodontist. Other specialists, such as periodontist or a regular dentist, can help ensure the treatment won’t be complicated and cause more severe problems.

Don’t hesitate or feel embarrassed to talk with your orthodontist about getting braces. They are only temporary but can help your teeth, jaw, and even speech function at the most beneficial level. The process is very worthwhile and there are many different options that will work for you.

Again, don’t wait and talk to a professional today.

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