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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 for them 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. This means that orthodontic treatments may take longer if undergone later in life. However, in most cases, adults who start treatments for problems that haven´t been 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 attaching mechanical appliances to the teeth to gently push them in the desired direction. When a tooth is put under pressure from one side this results in its root pressing 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 back to its original position.

Braces are used for the above purpose because they are very versatile in the ways that they can move the teeth. They can move individual teeth in more than one direction at a time as well as treating many different teeth simultaneously.

Fixing braces onto teeth usually takes around one or two hours. It is common to experience some slight soreness for a couple of days after getting braces. 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 speaks about it 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 results in the teeth gradually shifting into new positions. Metal braces are the cheapest type of braces but the most durable as well. They are also the most effective when it comes to treating teeth that are severely misaligned.
  • Ceramic braces  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 Lingual braces are custom-fitted to the back surfaces of teeth instead of the front, which results in them being 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 of all 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 far 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.