Am I Too Old To Wear Braces?

When people think of braces, they often think of young adults and children, hardly the middle-age/older adult. Some people even make negative assumptions when they see an adult with braces. While these types of judgments are ungrounded and do not stem from any real characteristic flaw of the individual with the braces, the thought of facing teasing (as we assume children will experience) as an adult can deter many older adults from getting braces. “I’m too old,” they may say, but there is one simple truth: you are never too old for braces. In fact, there are many health benefits to getting braces that can improve your oral health regardless of how old you are.

There are many positive health benefits to braces that most people don’t consider. One health benefit is that straight teeth reduce the amount of plaque that builds up on and around your teeth as well as food that gets stuck between your teeth. Both of these situations can cause cavities and other tooth deterioration, which can lead to more severe oral health problems in the future. Having a healthy smile can also correct any jaw alignment problems that you may have, including overbites, underbites and crossbites. Each of these alignment issues may cause problems when it comes to chewing food, which in turn affects the digestive process. This can lead to more serious health problems later in life that are not related to oral health except in their origination.

With today’s technology, there is also a wide variety of choices for you to choose from when considering how to obtain your perfect smile. There are traditional metal braces, sure, but there are also appliances such as Invisalign or inside braces to give you added discretion with your braces. If you have questions about the health benefits of getting braces at an older age, or if you are curious about what types of braces are available with today’s technology, contact 360 Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation. We frequently work with adults and can provide you with a wide range of services to ensure that you get the smile you are searching for.