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Am I Too Old for Braces?

Posted in Braces

Many people tend to associate braces with the preteen stage of life. Some individuals who are now adults regret not wearing braces when they were young. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, does this mean that there is no hope of having straight teeth?

Absolutely not!

You may be surprised to learn that braces can be effective at any age. It is often easier to adjust teeth on growing kids so that they don’t have to worry about having crooked teeth when they are older. It is not too late for you, however. In fact, there are even more options available to you, as an adult, than there are for young kids.

How Do Braces Work?

Teeth are stronger than bone. When gentle, steady pressure is applied to teeth by corrective devices, the teeth encourage bone tissue to shift and regrow to suit the new position of the teeth. This is a process that can happen at any time in your life.

What Are My Options?

There are a wide array of orthodontic options available to teens and adults today:

  • classic metal brackets and wires
  • ceramic braces (less visible)
  • lingual braces (placed on the insides of your teeth)
  • invisible braces (clear, customized retainers of graduated sizes which are upgraded at regular intervals)
  • …and more!

Whether you’ve had orthodontic work in the past that has reversed itself, or you’ve never had braces before, you are a candidate for braces, even now! If you would like to see your teeth be straighter, ask your dental care provider about the orthodontic options available to you.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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