Crooked teeth can pose a problem: at the worst, they can make it easy for food and plaque to get trapped and cavities to form, at the most benign, they can make you self conscious about your smile. Braces are one option for straightening teeth. But they’re also synonymous with adolescence. If you’re past your teen years, are you too old for braces?
You can get braces at any age, but getting braces when you’re younger can be beneficial. In adolescence, your mouth is still forming and developing, so moving the teeth can be easier. What does that mean for changing your smile as an adult? In some cases, braces might not be enough, and surgery might be required to move your teeth. Additionally, it might take longer to move your teeth and get your braces off.
That’s not to say that you can’t get braces if you’re an adult, especially if your dentist recommends that you get them to move teeth for health reasons. The necessity of moving teeth that are facilitating decay or other problems for your dental health outweighs the inconvenience of moving teeth in an adult mouth, undoubtedly. Even if you want to move your teeth for cosmetic reasons, braces are still an option for adults. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, so you won’t be alone!
There are some advantages to getting braces as an adult instead of having them as kids. Your oral hygiene habits are likely much better than those of a thirteen-year-old, and you reduce the risk of tooth decay from failing to clean between your braces brackets. You can also drive yourself to your own orthodontist appointments, and since you’re a responsible adult, you’re more likely to follow all the rules that ensure your brackets don’t pop off and you don’t damage your teeth, like avoiding gum and hard candy.
If you’re worried about how braces will look and you aren’t confident rocking brace face at the office, there are other options available to straighten teeth. Products like Invisalign can straighten your teeth, and as the name implies, are virtually invisible. The process is simple; your dentist makes a mold of your teeth to create a series of clear retainers that gradually move your teeth, without the look of braces. Clear braces are also a good option for adults who want to change their smile without lots of colored rubber bands.
Are you concerned about your smile? Schedule an appointment with Weber, Mountford & Ruszkowski Family Dentistry to see what we can do for you.