MYTH: I’m too old for orthodontics.
TRUTH: It’s never too late to love your smile.
Welcome back to Myths Debunked, where this week we tackle the misconceptions surrounding orthodontic treatment and age. Many adults believe that they’ve missed the window to straighten their smiles, and this is just simply untrue!
In fact, the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is growing: 27% of all US and Canadian orthodontic patients are 18 years old and older. Adults are seeking orthodontic treatment not only to straighten their smile, but to also improve their overall oral health.
As we get older, our teeth tend to shift around, potentially causing health concerns beyond just a crooked or overcrowded smile. For example, an astounding 75% of adults have malocclusion, a condition where teeth do not fit together correctly, resulting in plaque buildup and issues with chewing and swallowing1. Other common side effects of misaligned teeth include strained facial muscles and chronic head and ear pain. More and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles, self-confidence and overall health.
My growing community of adult patients – one of my favorites is 81! – has access to a number of treatment options, which are low impact and relatively quick in delivering a smile they’ll love for the rest of their life.
Options we commonly offer to adults include traditional braces, Invisalign, and clear ceramic braces, all custom designed with a patient’s unique needs in mind. It’s never too late to get the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.