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Are you an adult who has crooked or misaligned teeth and worried that it's too late to pursue orthodontic treatment? Well, believe it or not, there is no such thing as 'too old' for orthodontics treatment. So go ahead and give it a try!
Adult Teeth Can Move Too!
Contrary to popular belief, adult teeth can move through orthodontic treatment just as well as younger people’s teeth. The process may take longer because adult bones have finished growing and therefore don’t respond as quickly to braces and other treatments. However, with patience and determination (and a skilled orthodontist by your side) your teeth will eventually move into place.
What Are My Choices for Treatment?
I. Invisalign Clear Aligners
These clear plastic aligners fit snugly over your teeth and gently guide them into alignment over time—all without having to wear unsightly metal braces or wires on your teeth. Invisalign is also removable, meaning you can take it out while eating, brushing your teeth, or attending special events where you would prefer not to have it visible. However, Invisalign aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order to work effectively.
II. Conventional Metal Braces
Metal braces are the classic orthodontic choice and have been around since the 1800s. Braces use metal brackets and wires attached to the front surfaces of the teeth to correct any misalignment issues. This orthodontic solution is most effective for more severe cases of misalignment, but it can still be used for minor adjustments as well. It’s also less expensive than other forms of orthodontics, making it a good option for those on a budget.
III. Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces offer all the benefits of traditional metal braces but with one major difference: they blend in better with your natural tooth color due to their translucent nature. This makes ceramic braces less noticeable than metal ones and more appealing.
IV. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces except that they are placed on the back side (tongue side) of your teeth instead of the front side (cheek side). This makes them almost completely invisible when you talk or smile and eliminates any potential embarrassment from wearing traditional braces.
Retainers are typically used after orthodontic treatment is complete in order to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original positions. Depending on how severe your case is, retainers may need to be worn only at night or all day long until further notice from your orthodontist. It’s important to wear retainers exactly as instructed by your orthodontist in order to ensure optimal results from treatment!
As you can see, there is no age limit when it comes to pursuing orthodontic treatment. However, it’s important to consult an experienced orthodontist before starting any kind of treatment plan to determine which option would best suit your needs and goals.
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