This is a common question asked by adults who would like the benefits of teeth straightening procedures but are intimidated by the hype and stigma associated with them. The answer is simple; it is never too late to achieve that beautiful, healthy smile that you have always desired. In fact, a census conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics show that one out of every four orthodontic patients today are adults. Some orthodontic practices, such as Orthodontics of Cambridge in Cambridge, Massachusetts have a patient roster that is closer to 60% adults, many of whom are over the age of 35.
Orthodontic treatment, at any age, is a commitment and a life adjustment. The bonus to starting this process as an adult is that, chances are, you will be more diligent in the time you invest into your oral care and thus better ensuring that you receive optimal results. Many young adults that had braces as teenagers require some form of orthodontic treatment later in life because of a misplaced retainer, or inconsistent retainer wearing habits, resulting in the shifting of teeth over time. You wouldn’t let this happen to you on your own dime this time around, would you?
Don’t worry about the appearance of orthodontia either, this is an art form that has gone through many changes and upgrades since your childhood! Did you know that they now make brackets, wires and elastics that virtually match the natural color of your teeth? And then there’s Invisalign or ClearCorrect, the orthodontic technique that straightens teeth over time using a series of clear molded trays. But why be modest? Some adults actually have more fun choosing brightly colored elastics to show off than kids do, their thought process being: “Well, if I’m going to make this commitment, I might as well have fun with it!”
What is most important to remember when considering braces is that they are not only the key to an aesthetically pleasing smile, but to proper jaw alignment and healthy gums. In 16 to 24 months, you too could have a smile that you are proud to flash and the best oral health of your life.
Adults of all ages, if you are interested in obtaining the healthy, happy smile of your dreams, contact our office for a complimentary initial visit!