Am I too old for braces?
Beautiful, healthy smiles are not just for children. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles. In fact, over 25 % of our patients are adults! Orthodontic treatment not only improves the appearance of your smile, but can improve the health of your teeth and gums as well. Orthodontics may help you avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss and irregular wear of tooth enamel. Adults are often more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, so their results may turn out even greater than those of a child.
Adults with severe bite discrepancies which are a result of misaligned jaws such as underbite, overbite, crossbite, or jaw asymmetry may benefit from a combination of braces and orthognathic (jaw) surgery. Braces are used to move the teeth to ideal position on the jaw bones then jaws are placed in proper alignment with jaw surgery. While surgery can be important tool to restore harmony in jaw relationships, some bites that appear to be far off can be corrected using orthodontic treatment alone.
At Creative Orthodontic Associates we offer a full range of treatments to meet the individual needs of our adult patients. This includes not only traditional metal braces but also ceramic braces, self-ligating braces , lingual braces and clear aligners.