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Am I Too Old For Braces?

July 21, 2021
Posted By: Adrian Lefler
orthodontics in Crawfordsville IN

When we think of braces, we usually have the image of an awkward preteen in an 80's film. But, braces only in teenagers is a thing of the past. More than one million adults in the U.S. and Canada have orthodontics! If you think you are too old to straighten your smile, you are wrong. No matter what your age may be, orthodontic treatment can change your life.


Having braces early in childhood is indeed ideal for taking advantage of a kid's natural growing process. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are softer and change rapidly at a young age, shortening orthodontic treatment.


But an orthodontist can move crooked teeth at any age, so it's never too late for orthodontic treatment. Several new technological developments, including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners, and invisible braces, have made orthodontic appliances less obvious and enhance the treatment experience for grown-ups.

Why Do Adults Seek Orthodontic Treatment?

Not everyone had the opportunity to get braces when they were young, even if they wanted to. Some people may have had braces at a younger age but, for several reasons, need them again. As we age, our teeth continue to shift. Whatever the reason you are seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, there are many options for you!

Depending on your unique case of oral health, as well as your lifestyle and personality, we will recommend one of the following types of braces:

  • Traditional braces -- the most common with metal brackets.

  • Clear braces -- brackets made of plastic or ceramic, which are hardly visible, save it be for the slim wire running through them.

  • Lingual braces -- traditional metal braces, but attached to the back of your teeth so that no one can see them.

  • Removable clear aligners -- a series of clear plastic "trays" that fit your unique teeth

With more options today and more freedom to choose, you can get the perfect smile you've always wanted in a way that works best for your adult life.

Braces, More Than Just Pretty Teeth

Having straight teeth and a healthy smile improves self-esteem and confidence. And according to 75 percent of adult braces wearers, orthodontic treatment even enhances your career and personal relationships.  

But beyond just pretty teeth, many adults realize just how important straight teeth and an aligned bite are for overall health. Some a few of the health benefits orthodontic treatment could provide are:

  • Fewer headaches

  • Healthier Teeth

  • Healthier Gums 

  • Stronger Supporting Bones

  • Reduced Wear

  • Improved Comfort

  • Easier Chewing

  • Clear Speech

  • Reduced Risk of Dental Injury

  • Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem

  • Better First Impressions

Talk To Us Today About Adult Orthodontics

Ninety-two percent of adults today with braces say they would recommend orthodontic treatment to their peers. Braces can beautify your smile, boost confidence and help give rise to a healthier, happier you! So, don't wait any longer? Set up an orthodontic consultation with Crawfordsville Hometown Dental today.

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