Wish you’d had your teeth straightened when you were younger?
People often assume they’ve missed the boat. After all, braces tend to be associated with children and teenagers – and there comes a point when you’re just too old. Right?
Wrong. It simply isn’t true.
There is no upper age limit on having straighter teeth. Yes, early orthodontic intervention can work wonders for overbites, underbites, crooked teeth etc. But that doesn’t mean such interventions are restricted to your childhood. In fact, just like the rest of our body, our jaw can change over time – and even if you had perfectly straight teeth as a child, alignment issues can arise later in life.
According to the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), adult braces have grown in popularity over the last few years, as attitudes have changed and the treatment has advanced. Yet lots of grown-ups still have reservations. Here we take a look at those reservations and explore how Invisalign® – the latest type of braces to be developed – could tip the balance and encourage you to go ahead.
3 common reservations about adult braces
They’ll look unsightly
Lots of people shy away from adult braces because of how they believe they will look. Perhaps you’d feel self-conscious? Or wouldn’t want people to know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment?
It’s fair to say, traditional ‘train track’ braces aren’t very attractive – and we can understand why, as an adult, you’d be reluctant to wear them for any length of time. But thankfully, there are now several other options available that are significantly more discreet, including Invisalign®.
No need for metal wires and brackets. Instead, you’ll be given a series of clear aligners, which simply slot over your teeth. These aligners are barely noticeable. People won’t even realise you’re wearing them; yet by applying gentle pressure, they will gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
They’ll take too long to work
Teeth straightening for adults can take slightly longer than it would for a child. Your jawbone is thicker and your teeth have been in their current position for longer, so it’s only natural. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will be wearing adult braces for an unreasonable length of time.
Invisalign® braces, for example, have been specifically designed to be fast-acting. Each aligner is typically worn for a fortnight, before being swapped for the next. The results are often visible within just a few weeks and the full treatment can take as little as six months to complete.
Classic metal braces are notoriously difficult to keep clean. They require vigorous scrubbing to remove unwanted food and bacteria. What’s more, extra care needs to be taken to keep your teeth clean and avoid a build-up of plaque. And that alone is enough to put some adults off.
Again, Invisalign® braces avoid this issue. The clear aligners are fully removable. Which means, you can simply take them out whilst you are eating and pop them back in once you are done, and continue to brush your teeth as usual. They’ll have zero impact on your day-to-day life.
Want to know more about clear braces for adults?
We can help. Invisalign® is available at Kiln Lane Dental and we know everything there is to know about it.
Detailed information can be found throughout our site, including in our previous blogs ‘3 benefits of Invisalign® braces’ and ‘Invisalign® – the best way to straighten teeth’. So if you’re considering adult braces, be sure to check these out. Or if you prefer, you’re always welcome to get in touch. We’re happy to answer any questions and will gladly book you in for a complimentary consultation. Just give us a call on 01744 25776 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many reasons why people choose to have braces later in life, and we’ve previously treated patients in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. You’re never too old for a straight, beautiful smile. And with the development of clear braces for adults, absolutely nothing should hold you back. Invisalign® is a non-invasive yet life-changing treatment and it could be the perfect solution for you.