Orthodontic Myth: I’m Too Old for Braces

By September 25, 2018 September 25th, 2019 Braces & Invisalign
Smiling Woman With Ceramic Braces

Adolescents are generally common patients for braces, but, what about adults who seek to realign their teeth? It may seem taboo for adults to be wearing braces when it’s commonly seen on the younger generation, nonetheless braces welcome all ages who seek treatment for crooked teeth. If you question whether braces is age appropriate for you or wonder if there is an age limit to braces, follow our guidelines as we help to negate this theory.

Braces Are Fully-Customizable To Any Age

Braces are meant to treat misaligned teeth, malocclusions, and crowded teeth in all varying forms and ages. In our previous blog in Braces vs. Invisalign, we stated braces have continuously been transformed over the years to be more comfortable and effective to each patient. Whether you need minor shifts to your teeth or desiring a complete realignment, braces personalize your necessities to its proper treatment.

Types of Braces

 Traditional braces are not the only solution to perfecting someone’s smile. Look through this list for variations of braces fit for any age.

  • Ceramic Braces: Similar to standard braces, ceramic braces offer tooth-colored or clear brackets for those who feel embarrassed about distinctive traditional braces. They are also known for their difference in material compared to braces as they are formed by plastic and deliver an aesthetically pleasing look.
  • Six in 6: Known for a faster yet effective treatment for minor misaligned teeth, Six in 6 offers children and adults clear braces to treat crooked teeth in a manner of 6 months.
  • Invisalign: The most popular form of braces, Invisalign eliminates wires and brackets for a more comfortable and custom-made feel.

Same Process, Different Ages

 Both adolescents and adults undergo a similar process of diagnosis and treatment. As a patient, your teeth will be evaluated on the overall condition of your teeth and gum. Our doctor will decide which method of treatment best transforms your smile. Once treatment has been determined and accepted, there will be different stages of treatment such as bonding; banding, appliances and adjusting wires till all components are perfectly put into place.

Post-Process

 All ages will continuously go every 4-6 weeks to the Orthodontic center for wire adjustments. Depending on the necessity of the patient, treatment may last from 2 to 3 years. Some discomfort will be felt during the process of adjustments but can be alleviated with over the counter pain medications.

Need More Information?

Orthodontic Center of Orange County offers complimentary consultation to all ages who desire straighter teeth. Contact us today and begin the process of revamping your smile!