Welcome to another addition of Friday Focus. This is Dr. “O” from E&S Orthodontics, your Phoenix Orthodontist. Today I want to clarify that despite many people’s perceptions, orthodontic treatment is not just for children.
The answer to the question “Am I too Old for Braces” is this – If you don’t like you smile, regardless of your age, you should consider orthodontic treatment.
In our practice, here in Phoenix we see many adult patients because there’s actually no age limit for an individual to consider orthodontic treatment. So, if you find yourself shielding your mouth while you smile, it’s possible that you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Our practice regularly helps people between the ages of 40 and 70 years old improve their smile and dental health. Actually, we have a patient who is 74!
The Biologic Process
It’s important to understand that the basic biologic process that causes teeth to move is the same for all healthy individuals regardless of their age. Most people don’t realize that adult teeth move just about as easily as children’s teeth. Once teeth move to their new positions, a stable bite is created and improved alignment for bridges, implants or future crowns if needed. Bottom line, the periodontal environment is greatly improved with orthodontics, increasing the longevity of your teeth.
Braces can Enhance Good Health at Any Age
Improving the function and look of your bite and smile will pay dividends for life. Even a minimal amount of crowding can cause periodontal problems because it makes cleaning teeth difficult. Because it’s easier to take care of your teeth, flossing, brushing, dental cleaning, etc., when the teeth are straight and aligned, you will enjoy the benefit of good dental health.
The last thing any of us wants to have to deal with is the results of poor dental health like bone and gum loss, tooth decay, abnormal tooth enamel wear, jaw joint and headache pain. Also important to note is that orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically enhance your personal appearance and self-esteem. Because life expectancies have increased, the challenge isn’t just living longer, it’s maintaining quality of life. Good dental health needs to play a part in your overall health and wellness plan.
You Have Options
Orthodontic care has come a long way. There’s no longer one option when it comes to straightening your teeth today. Thanks to a wide range of fixed and removable braces options for patients, treatments are easier to deal with and can be custom fitted to every person’s circumstances.
Orthodontic treatment can have a positive impact your life, regardless of how old or how young you may be. So, if you’ve been considering seeing an orthodontist, but thought you may be too old, think again. Bottom line, it’s never too late to improve your smile. If you’d like to find out more about your options, contact us for a complimentary consultation.