Straightening of misaligned teeth not only improves the appearance of a person’s smile but also contributes to long term dental health. Bite correction can also maximize comfort and minimize wear on teeth, jaw joints and chewing muscles over time.
Am I Too Old for Braces?
Traditionally, braces have been associated with adolescence, but more than half of the patients receiving orthodontic treatment in the 21st century are adults. Old myths about age limits for orthodontic treatment still persist, but even senior citizens can benefit from braces. Orthodontics using modern materials and advanced applications provide more choices for adults concerned about the appearance of braces and the length of time for treatment. Regardless of age, it’s never too late to create a more appealing and healthier smile.
The most common type of braces, metal-wire and bracket braces, utilize stainless steel. Clear braces using plastic and ceramic are also widely used and minimize the appearance of braces. For patients with allergies to nickel, titanium or gold-plated stainless steel may be used. Modern advances in orthodontics have created several choices, such as Invisalign® and other removable clear aligner systems.
Costs and Time
Orthodontic treatment may take from several months to several years depending on the patient’s needs and the treatment plan and appliances chosen for correction. The type of treatment prescribed along with length and complexity of treatment determine the total cost. In some cases, a patient’s dental insurance may pay for a significant portion of the cost of treatment.