In the past, orthodontic (teeth straightening) treatment was something that most of us associated with children and teenagers. Many adults have gone through their life with the feeling that they ‘missed the boat’ in their teens when they were told to have braces but opted out of the treatment.
Fortunately, times are changing. The growing choice of discreet ‘adult’ orthodontic systems – including teeth-coloured fixed braces and clear aligners – means that adults of all ages are finally getting the straighter teeth they’ve always wanted.
When adults come into us for a consultation and tentatively raise the question of whether they can have braces, it’s common to hear the question, “Am I too old for braces?” and a pleasure to be able to say, “No, you’re not too old at all”.
It’s true that orthodontic treatment can take a bit longer in adults. Although you have the same teeth and soft tissues as a child, your jaw bone is thicker and more firmly set, so it can take 10-20% longer to complete a treatment with an adult patient. Please don’t let that put you off.
The good news is that there are some fast acting and incredibly discreet systems, which mean that your teeth straightening treatment may even go undetected by your friends and colleagues. With removable, clear aligners, you can take them out to eat, drink, clean your teeth or for a special occasion. This gives a further degree of convenience and flexibility.
These days, we’re seeing adults in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond who are tired of disliking their smile and feel that the time is finally right to take action. We often see adult patients who finally have an expendable income after years of raising a family or working up the career ladder. Sometimes, adults simply feel that enough is enough – they want to be able to smile in family photos instead of always hiding on the other side of the camera, or to greet the world with confidence. Plus a straight smile can be a great way of rejuvenating your appearance.
If you would like to know more about braces in Lincolnshire at the Dental Health Centre, call us on 01476 594480 and we’ll be happy to talk what we feel are your best options.