Am I Too Old for Braces?

Simply put, it’s never too late to improve your smile. In fact, for many of our Denver patients, adulthood is the most convenient time for braces.

There are certainly advantages to getting braces during childhood. Orthodontic treatment is easier with developing jawbones and emerging oral structure. Early dental intervention can help with overall oral health and development since straight teeth are easier to clean and keep healthy, reducing the risk of future decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also impact the ability to eat and speak properly, or can leave a child feeling embarrassed and awkward.

Since our teeth move slower as we age, it takes longer to straighten teeth when we’re older. However, there are still benefits to getting braces as an adult:

  • Compliance: Adults tend to have an easier time adhering to food restrictions and cleaning regimens than their younger counterparts.
  • Appearance: As we age, our facial muscles loosen, which can cause the upper lip to droop downward. In some cases, braces can make the face look tauter by pushing teeth forward.
  • Timing: For many young families, children’s dental work comes first.  Middle-age offers a convenient time and better financial ability for parents to finally focus on themselves.
  • Career: For working professionals, straight teeth can impact more than just appearance and general health, they can have a direct impact on earning potential.

Many people choose to get braces in their 50s and 60s. As long as you care about your appearance and oral health, there are several orthodontic options available to help you gain the smile and confidence you desire, no matter what your age.

If you live in Denver and are considering braces, contact Advanced Orthodontic Care today by calling 303-331-0222 or by completing the form on this page to schedule an initial consultation. We welcome patients throughout the Denver and Stapleton areas of Colorado.

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