Am I Too Old For Braces?

Trenton Elkins May 29, 2020

No matter who you ask what they think orthodontics means, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is teenagers in braces. While a lot of our patients at Glass Orthodontics are, in fact, teens, one in five current orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. This is because adult patients are starting to ask, “how can a new smile help me” instead of “am I too old for braces?”. 

If you’ve wasted time being unhappy about how your teeth look and feel, don’t waste anymore! There’s never been a better time to explore how orthodontics can change how you think about yourself. Here at Glass Orthodontics, we offer a lot of different treatment options to correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and more. You’re never too old to improve your oral health! To learn more about what orthodontics actually is, and how it can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, keep reading below.

What is orthodontics?

Dentistry is a general term that refers to treating anything that has to do with teeth. There are many specialties within dentistry, including orthodontics. An orthodontist is a dentist who has also received additional education and training in identifying and correcting bite abnormalities. This gives them the skill and expertise needed to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws, and improve the overall function of the mouth.

Orthodontists focus on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial abnormalities. If such issues aren’t treated, they can get worse and cause significant facial and neck pain as well as headaches and trouble chewing or speaking. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Glass will be able to diagnose and treat these issues, improving both the function and appearance of your smile!

am I too old for braces?

Why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment

For most people, they understand the ways their oral health is related to their total health as they get older. Some people use this knowledge to take action and seek dental or orthodontic treatment to facilitate better tooth and gum health. 

We see many adults patients looking to complete orthodontic treatment from 

We also see many adult patients who received some orthodontic treatment earlier in life that was never completed. A touch-up treatment is common, as well. Teeth that were straightened in a patient’s younger years can shift over time due to age, genetics, or improper retainer use. In these cases, we can monitor the teeth, provide new retainers, or retreat with braces or aligners. 

Some adults have never had treatment before, and are merely looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile. The resulting boost in confidence and self-esteem can positively impact many areas of a person’s life, both professionally and personally. 

Orthodontic options for adult patients

Whatever your reason for seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you have more options than ever before! Our expert team is proud to offer the following treatments for a total smile makeover.

Metal Braces 

Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics. These orthodontic workhouses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. Metal braces are a cost-effective option because they don’t require some of the more sophisticated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments do. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional metal braces keep them the top treatment for orthodontic patients, year after year!

Clear Braces 

Ceramic braces feature clear and durable brackets. The clear ceramic material blends with the color of your teeth, making them perfect for patients who want a subtle treatment. Though they’re not completely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they’re much less noticeable than metal braces. Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of clear, removable aligners that are customized to fit comfortably over the teeth. Like braces, the aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions. As long as you wear your Invisalign aligners the recommended 20-22 hours a day, this alternative option can be just as effective as traditional braces for most common dental issues.

Invisalign offers patients a bit of freedom and flexibility that traditional braces just can’t beat! There are no food restrictions since aligners are removed when eating or drinking. They also make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets, and can simply brush and floss the way you usually would. When you choose us for your Invisalign treatment in Glass Orthodontics, you are choosing more than just the latest orthodontic technology or cutting edge equipment. You’re choosing to become part of the Glass Orthodontics family!

am I too old for braces?

Get the smile you deserve with Glass Orthodontics

Not every treatment will get the same results for every patient. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Glass will be able to help you find the right treatment for your smile needs as well as your lifestyle needs. You can always trust Glass Orthodontics to recommend only the best treatment option for your specific needs. This will give you a positive orthodontic experience and superior results! 

Our talented team is committed to providing the latest in orthodontic techniques and technology for patients of all ages in Daphne, Bay Minette, Atmore, and the surrounding communities. It’s our goal to provide you with a rewarding and stress-free journey from start to finish, and we work hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere where you can feel right at home. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Take the first step today by calling us to schedule your initial consultation.