Posted on August 26, 2023
If you’re considering adult orthodontics, it’s good to know that you’re not alone. According to Next Avenue, adult patients now consume between 45 to 55% of many orthodontic practices, with numbers reaching 70 years old. While there may be a few popular myths claiming that adult orthodontics is ineffective, that’s certainly not the case. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that orthodontic treatment can change with age.
Today’s braces aren’t like when you were a kid. Yes, the metal option is still available, it’s just now one of many choices. You can skip braces altogether by opting for aligners. This choice is very popular for adults because they’re less noticeable and can be removed when necessary. Braces on the inside of your teeth are another option. Clear and colored brackets and wires are also available to patients of all ages.
When you’re an adult you’re better equipped to deal with your treatment. Adults are able to handle unknown events with a sense of calm because they’ve had sufficient life experience that gives them confidence to handle any challenges that can arise. They’re also able to manage their schedules themselves and while they likely have work commitments, they have much more flexibility than a typical middle schooler or teenager. If you want orthodontic treatment, there’s no reason not to get it, no matter your age.
A perfectly aligned smile isn’t just a cosmetic benefit. Straight teeth help to prolong your dental health and give you a stronger chance to keep your natural teeth longer. While it is true that some bite and jaw issues are less treatable in adults, treatment is still beneficial. When you’re ready to begin your treatment the first step will be a consultation with the orthodontist. This visit will cover the current state of your oral health and what outcomes you hope to achieve through your treatment. During this consultation, you’ll learn what to expect and which results might not be possible for you as an adult.
If you’re considering adult orthodontics, get in touch with our office. We’re proud to provide services to patients of all ages and help you attain the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Give us a call today to schedule your introductory consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon!