Why It’s Never Too Late for Adult Braces

Interested in getting adult braces? It’s never too late to achieve a healthier, more attractive smile. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists reports that 1 in 4 orthodontic patients is an adult.

We understand that it’s not always possible to receive orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager. That’s why we offer our orthodontic services to patients of all ages, whether they’re 7 or 70.

Here’s why it’s never too late to get adult braces.

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Adult Braces Will Improve Your Oral Health

Dental plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This may especially be the case if you have crooked, crowded teeth. Likewise, it’s difficult to floss when your teeth aren’t aligned.

Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that lives inside your mouth. It consumes any sugar left behind on your teeth and gums. The bacteria then produce an acid that erodes your enamel and attacks your gums.

If left untreated, plaque will harden into tartar and cause oral health issues like gum disease. But plaque and tartar aren’t the only health concerns you’ll encounter if you don’t get the orthodontic treatment you need.

For example, some patients may have bite issues that cause uneven wear patterns on the teeth. Bite issues may also cause pain or discomfort when you chew.

Orthodontics Will Improve Your Appearance

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why a lot of adults come to us for orthodontic treatment later in life. It’s much easier to make a good first impression on a date or job interview when you have a beautiful straight smile.

Orthodontics will also help improve your facial profile if you have bite issues. While your jaw is no longer growing, that doesn’t mean that we can’t improve the relationship between your upper and lower jaws.

We Have Discreet Treatment Options

Worried about having to get traditional metal braces? You’re not alone. A lot of the adult patients we work with want a discreet orthodontic option that doesn’t call attention to their smiles during treatment. This may especially be the case if you’re working full-time and want to maintain a professional appearance.

Dr. Siara-Olds offers both Invisalign® aligners and clear ceramic braces. Both of these options are effective for straightening teeth, as well as discreet. In fact, most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing your aligners or braces unless they’re standing close.

You May Be a Candidate for Invisalign Aligners

Some treatment options are better suited for older patients. For example, we typically only recommend Invisalign aligners for teens and adults. This is because it requires a great deal of self-discipline to wear clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day.

In other words, you’ll only be able to remove your Invisalign aligners to eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Otherwise, your aligners won’t have enough time to work and you’ll fall behind on your treatment plan.

Invisalign is also a great option for adults because the aligners are made out of a clear plastic that fits snugly over your teeth. In other words, most people won’t even realize that you’re in the middle of Invisalign treatment.

Request a Consultation With Dr. Siara-Olds

Dr. Siara-Olds is a board-certified orthodontist in Milford, MI, who accepts new patients of all ages. To request a consultation, please call Siara-Olds Orthodontics at (248) 684-6833. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.