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Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment?

Our orthodontist offers orthodontic treatments for adults in addition to children or teenagers, and you are never too old to wear braces or plastic aligners. While you might think that straightening your teeth as an adult makes you vain, having straighter teeth makes it easier to brush and floss your teeth. In addition, you can continue to chew nutritious foods rather than eating only a soft diet. Here are some important things to understand about orthodontic treatment as an adult:

- Understanding the Ideal Age for Orthodontic Treatment

Today, our orthodontist knows that beginning treatment with braces at an early age is the best option because it is easier to repair the facial bone abnormalities and dental misalignments because children have softer bones. Although many adults haven’t had access to orthodontic treatments in the past, they still deserve to have straight teeth. While your child may begin wearing braces during elementary school, it is still okay for an adult to begin orthodontic treatment at our orthodontic office.

- The Types of Braces Adults Need

Our adult orthodontic patients require an examination with medical images to determine how to repair their particular dental malocclusions. For minor misalignments, plastic aligners are appropriate for adults, but it is also possible to wear braces. Many of our adult patients prefer wearing braces that are more difficult to see such as lingual devices that are worn on the backs of the teeth or ceramic braces that have clear brackets. Adults on a tight budget can choose metallic braces. The treatment time for wearing braces as an adult can vary between two to four years.

To learn more about braces for adults, visit Speaks Orthodontics in Denver, or you can contact us at 720-594-4350.