Am I Too Old for Braces?

Truth be told, no one is too old for braces. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, and the process is virtually the same in adults as it is children or teenagers. In fact, orthodontic treatment can be especially rewarding for adults that have spent a good portion of their lives feeling embarrassed of crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth.

Depending on your personal preferences, you may eschew traditional braces in favor of another orthodontic system like ClearCorrect or Bioliner, which use invisible aligners to gently straighten teeth. Here, Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer shares what you should know about your options.

Understanding the ClearCorrect and Bioliner Systems

ClearCorrect and Bioliner are ideal for the adult that wants to straighten his or her teeth comfortably and discreetly. The orthodontic systems can be used to treat crowded teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth, gaps or spaces in between the teeth, overbites or underbites.

Instead of wearing metal brackets attached by wires, ClearCorrect and Bioliner patients wear clear plastic aligners, which put gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually shift them into the desired position and alignment. The aligners are nearly undetectable, very comfortable and removable for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. They are custom-created to fit the measurements of the patient’s mouth for optimal results. Total treatment time depends on the individual case, but is often less than a year.

Your Choice of Dentist Is Important

As Dr. Farmer mentioned, the process of moving the teeth is the same in adults as it is in children. However, adults tend to have more complex circumstances than children. For example, they may have missing teeth, dental restorations or diseases that complicate the case.

For this reason, it’s crucial to work with a trusted dentist that has a wealth of clinical experience. Dentists like Dr. Farmer can evaluate your personal needs and recommend the most appropriate course of action. Not all orthodontic options are suitable for everyone. Dr. Farmer will help you select the best option for your goals.

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Take the first step toward achieving the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. To discuss orthodontic treatment with Dr. Farmer, please book a consultation by contacting our office. Call or email us today.

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