Am I Too Old for Braces?

Your smile plays a large role in how others perceive you. For some, it plays an important part in employment or dating opportunities. Best of all, straight teeth and a smile you’re proud of helps you to feel your best. There has never been a better time to get a smile like a celebrity, but that’s not all that orthodontic treatment offers.

Am I too old for braces?

If you did not get braces to straighten your teeth in your early childhood or teenage years, don’t fret. Budd Orthodontics, PLLC, a Scottsdale orthodontist office, provides adult braces for those in their 20s and 30s up to 70s and 80s. As long as your gums and jawbones are healthy, you’re a candidate for several kinds of braces.

Medical Reasons to Get Braces

Besides making a straighter smile for aesthetics, orthodontic treatment is linked to improving patients’ oral health. Orthodontists consider the patient’s current health difficulties before beginning any corrective care on children, teens, and adults. Health conditions they look at include:

  • Biting or chewing difficulties
  • Frequent occurrences of tooth decay due to overcrowding
  • Current level of periodontal disease
  • Tooth and jaw bone density
  • Degree of underbite or overbite
  • Speech impediments

Misaligned teeth are linked to causing a number of these. Jaw pain and migraine headaches are often a symptom patients have because of misaligned teeth. Overcrowded and crooked teeth are also difficult to brush properly, so it is common to also see a history of cavities and gum disease.

Teeth go through a lot of wear and tear during maturity into adulthood. The older your teeth are, the more prone they are to jaw bone loss. This can push teeth back, crowding them and making speech more difficult. When the teeth don’t come together when the mouth is closed, this is known as a malocclusion. Patients with malocclusion may have problems biting, chewing and swallowing.

The general function of braces is to move the teeth. Brackets (bands) are cemented or bonded to the teeth, and they have attachments touching the teeth. Archwires, which are attached to the molars, are threaded through the brackets. These wires control the force that will move the teeth. The force will gradually align the teeth and the bite into a healthier mouth.

Benefits of Clear Braces (Aligners)

Our Scottsdale orthodontist office provides clear braces that can discretely correct misaligned teeth. The clear aligners we provide are best suited for people who have small gaps, most often in their front teeth. These almost invisible braces are made of acrylic and slip over the teeth. Teenage and adult patients who choose to wear clear aligners enjoy the following benefits:

  • Removing them to eat and brush teeth
  • Completing orthodontic treatment in as little as 18 – 26 months
  • Visiting the orthodontist less (about every two weeks) for the next set of aligners

Other Types of Adult Braces Available in Scottsdale, AZ

While clear braces are most ideal, a consultation with our Scottsdale orthodontist will guide you to the device that is best for your needs. There are many factors that affect which orthodontic treatment is going to best fit in with your lifestyle and level of correction.

Lingual braces are a discrete alternative for Scottsdale-area patients seeking adult braces. They attach to the back of the teeth, making them essentially invisible.

Another recommendation that is available to you is ceramic braces. The benefit of these is they function like traditional metal braces, but they closely match the color of your teeth, making them less obvious. You will need to plan to visit the office every four to six weeks to have them tightened. Most patients who wear ceramic braces may need longer corrective care than with traditional metal braces.

Few Downsides, Many Benefits

Any discomfort from braces is usually minimal. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, braces are compatible with almost any lifestyle. Continue pursuing interests such as playing a musical instrument, singing and more. You can still enjoy your relationships and many types of foods.

The majority of people who’ve worn braces say that their treatment was well worth the time, effort, and cost. Their reward is seeing their straightened teeth and having pain relief from the conditions caused by crooked teeth.

Being an adult with braces is more the norm than ever. Call us today at 602-493-3338 to schedule your free consultation for braces at our office near Scottsdale, AZ. Budd Orthodontics, PLLC offers Invisalign®, ceramic, metal, and lingual braces as well as a variety of aligner options.