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Oct
18

Is There an Age Limit for Getting Braces?

Posted in Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment tends to be most effective when done during late childhood or the early teen years. But this doesn’t mean that adults can’t enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile.

Never Too Late for Braces!

Adults of all ages are getting braces these days. Orthodontic treatment can involve wearing traditional metal braces for a year or more. But adults could also get more conservative and problem-focused treatment to prepare their mouths for an implant or dental bridge.

Orthodontic Options for Adults

Adults often have more options to choose from when it comes to braces. This is because the orthodontic treatment that older people get can be cosmetic in nature. Kids may have little choice outside of traditional metal braces. But older patients can opt for the following:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Accelerated orthodontic treatment
  • Invisalign
  • Inman Aligners

What if you’re an adult who’s interested in making only a small change to the spacing or alignment of their teeth for esthetic purposes? They might be able to skip braces all together in favor of getting dental veneers.

Living with Braces as an Adult

Wearing braces as an adult has some challenges but it isn’t impossible. With diligent oral hygiene and frequent checkups, adults can benefit from braces just as much as kids can.

Do You Qualify for Braces?

All adults are potential candidates for orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will help you find out if you qualify.

Some factors such a poor bone quality, tooth fractures, or active gum disease may temporarily disqualify you for braces. By consulting with the dentist, you’ll find out which problems need to be treated first and when you can expect to start braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

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