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03 Feb

How Old is Too Old for Braces?


Many adults who might benefit from braces are either afraid of the discomfort and embarrassment of wearing them at their age or have convinced themselves that they are too old to be of any use.

However, advancements in orthodontic treatments have made braces more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than they used to be.

Teeth movements slow with age, which means that orthodontic treatments may take longer if they are undergone later in life. However, in most cases, adults who start treatments for problems that weren´t treated when they were younger can still enjoy excellent results.

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How Do Braces Work?

Orthodontics involves changing teeth’S positions. This is accomplished by gently attaching mechanical appliances to the teeth to push them in the desired direction. When a tooth is under pressure from one side, its root presses against the alveolar bone. Constant pressure causes a part of the bone near the tooth to dissolve. This lets the tooth move in the direction it is pushed. As the tooth shifts, the space that is left behind is filled with new bone. This stops the tooth from reverting to its original position.

Braces are used for the above purpose because they are very versatile. They can move teeth in more than one direction at a time and treat many different teeth simultaneously.

Fixing braces onto teeth usually takes around one or two hours. It is common to experience slight soreness after getting braces for a couple of days. However, the discomfort doesn´t last long. If the soreness reaches unacceptable levels, over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can help with the pain.

Types of Braces

There are several different types of braces available today. Our orthodontist dentist discusses them in her short video interview posted on Maida Smiles Clinic’s YouTube page. Adults can choose from traditional fixed metal braces, fixed ceramic braces, invisible removable braces (Invisalign), and invisible lingual braces (fixed).

  • Traditional Metal Braces These braces are made of stainless steel. Brackets are glued or fixed to the external surface of the teeth, and a wire running through the brackets is held in place by plastic bands. The pressure exerted by the wire causes the teeth to gradually shift into new positions. Metal braces are the cheapest type of braces but the most durable. They are also the most effective when it comes to treating teeth that are severely misaligned.
  • Ceramic braces are normally recommended for upper teeth and are usually fixed to the teeth’s outer surface. Many people opt for ceramic braces as they offer a natural look.
  • Lingual braces are custom-fitted to the back surfaces of teeth instead of the front, making them invisible.
  • Invisalign Invisalign is widely thought of as the most aesthetically pleasing alternative, as the braces are clear and nearly invisible. They are also the easiest braces to clean, as they may be removed while eating or brushing.

Modern retainers are much more comfortable and less obtrusive than previous versions. They´re also much smaller and use fewer brackets, and the wires are better and less noticeable than the ones used in the past. The wires and elastics can also be customized for fashion-conscious people. Many ask for coloured wires and elastics to enjoy a bolder look. See Vivera.

Some individuals opt for tooth-coloured ceramic or clear plastic brackets, as they are less noticeable than their traditional counterparts. However, these tooth-coloured ceramic or clear plastic brackets have a couple of drawbacks. For instance, they cost more than their metal counterparts and are more breakable. They´re also not as comfortable on lower teeth as metal brackets.

Different people will have different requirements and should choose accordingly. Braces have come a long way since their inception. They are cheaper, much less visible, and cause less discomfort than their predecessors.

The difference between a crooked smile and a straight smile can be like that of night and day. Schedule an appointment with a dentist today and find out what getting braces could do for you.

Whether you’re 20, 40, or even 60, you’re never too old for braces! If you would like to talk to a dentist about it, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic; we will be happy to help.