If your teeth are crooked or crowded, you may think the time to get them fixed passed once you graduated high school. While many people do get their teeth aligned with braces in their teens, there is no reason you can’t have braces as an adult. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth or you’ve been advised that a poor bite is causing uneven tooth wear or jaw pain, braces for adults may be just what you need to give you a great smile and correct any misalignment you may have.
The Myth and Reality of Age and Pliability
It is mistakenly believed by plenty of people that an adult’s teeth cannot be moved as a teen’s can because adult bones and tissues are harder. As with many old wives’ tales, a scrap of truth got lost in translation.
It is true that teens have more pliable bodies, but the difference between a teen and an adult is not as large as the myth may lead you to believe. For example, a teen and an adult may have the exact same crowding issue. The teen will finish with their braces in 18 months while the adult may need them for 22 months. In both cases, the teeth will certainly move and a great outcome can be achieved for both patients.
Treatment Compliance and Results
Another factor that swings in adults’ favor is that adults are far more compliant with their treatment plans and instructions than children. For example, teens will often eat foods they know they shouldn’t and balk at wearing headgear, elastic bands or retainers. Adults, on the other hand, want the results and do what it takes to get them. For this reason, adults often progress through their treatment faster than a teenager would.
Braces for Adults: Several Options Available
Not everyone needs traditional metal braces to correct their dental issues. Clear braces and back-mounted braces are options, as are appliances such as Invisalign®. Our orthodontist will go over all of your options with you to formulate a treatment plan that will get you the results you want. If you don’t feel comfortable getting bright silver traditional braces, you likely won’t need to.
If you are unhappy with your smile, you’re not too old to get braces. Braces for adults can help you achieve results that are every bit as good as those achieved by teenagers. If you’d like to learn more about your options, schedule an appointment at Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics, with locations in Frankfort and Oak Lawn. Our orthodontic team will be happy to help you determine which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. Contact us today to book your appointment.