Do you want to improve your smile, but think you might be too old?
We have good news for you. Whether you are 17 or 75, you can improve your smile with braces.
Chronological age is not a factor when deciding whether a patient is a candidate for orthodontic treatment; there is not one ideal age for treatment to begin. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Regardless of age, patients can look forward to teeth that not only look better but work better, too. American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
If you’ve visited the Cary Family Dental blog before, you know that we counsel parents to bring children to be examined by an orthodontist when they are young. Seven years old at the latest is what the American Association of Orthodontists recommends. Parents who see or suspect oral problems with their child should bring them even younger. It’s not too early before their baby teeth have fallen out.
A check-up while some baby teeth are still present, and while the face and jaws are growing, may reveal that immediate treatment is not necessary, but that the child could benefit from treatment in the future. In these cases, the patient visits the orthodontist periodically to monitor growth and development. This “watchful waiting” gives the orthodontist the opportunity to advise parents when the best time is for that child to begin treatment. Often the orthodontist is able to take advantage of predictable periods of a patient’s growth and intervene so that orthodontic treatment can have the best results possible. (AAO)
The reason Dr. Acton emphasizes the importance of early intervention is not because braces aren’t worthwhile for adults. Anyone–regardless of age–can benefit immensely from straightening teeth.
- Chew and swallow better
- Avoid headaches caused by a misaligned bite
- Decrease the risk of gum disease and decay
- Avoid or potentially relieve a TMJ condition
- Correct a distorted facial shape
- Improve self-esteem and gain confidence
- Look younger!
You can change your life by aligning your crooked teeth.
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