Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment?

Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment?


Have you ever envied the beautiful, youthful smiles of the people around you? Have you been lost in thought imagining how it would be like if you only got orthodontic treatment when you were younger? 

While you can never take back the lost time, you can still get that youthful smile you’ve always wanted.  No one is too old for Orthodontic Treatment—it is for all ages and is still as effective whether you’re 7 or 70. In fact, 1 in every four orthodontic patients is an adult. 

Because of the rise in dental innovation, Orthodontic treatments have become efficient, more comfortable, discreet,  and unnoticeable. With this, more adults have been undergoing orthodontic treatments to have a better, youthful, and confident smile.


Adult Teeth Can be Moved Too


Adult teeth may be denser, but it could be moved too. Contrary to popular belief, age is not a measure of dental health. There may be more adults who have healthier, stronger teeth than young people who don’t have proper dental hygiene in their regimen. 

Although most adults have dental crowns, teeth can still be moved.  Age is rarely or, if at all, not a deciding factor to whether or not you can get orthodontic treatment. It all comes down to your teeth’s capacity to endure the procedure. 


Adult Orthodontics Vs. Child/Teen Orthodontics


Adult teeth, unlike that of children or teens, are no longer growing. Since adult bones are in their maturity, it is denser and takes a slightly longer time for treatment. There are also other factors such as missing, brittle, worn out, or damaged teeth due to vices most adults do. 

Adults who smoke often have trouble with their teeth. Before getting orthodontic treatment, the teeth should be healthy and clean. The treatment will generally be the same regardless of a patient’s age.


How Do I Know I’m A Good Candidate?


To determine if you’re a good candidate, your periodontic and general health will be assessed. Periodontic diseases like gum disease can lead to the loss of tooth-supporting bone which will lessen the probability of you being a candidate for treatment. 

Periodontic diseases are more common with adults than adolescents. For instance, 50 percent of American adults have mild to severe periodontic disease. The most common gum disease is gingivitis, which is also considered the mildest; if left untreated, it may result in periodontitis and may become far worse and progress to advanced periodontitis and eventually loss of the teeth.  

You may be required to control or treat your existing periodontic disease before moving forward with Orthodontic treatment.


Treatment Options


Not all Orthodontic treatment is done with braces. Clear aligners are also available. Aligners are teeth trays that slowly move the teeth to the desired position; they are also removable. 

Braces also come in different options; there are metallic braces, ceramic ones, and even braces that can be hidden behind the teeth. 


Ask Your Orthodontist

To have a general idea about Adult Orthodontics, visit your trusted Orthodontist. Prepare your questions before the consultation to clear your doubts. It is never too late to have a beautiful smile. Everyone deserves it. You can always consult with our experts to know the best treatment option for you!