Is it too late to have braces if I am an adult?

  • October 20, 2017

Invisalign Sterling Heights

Though braces have traditionally been a rite of passage for adolescents, more adults are having orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles. With innovations like lingual braces and Invisalign, no one even needs to know you’re wearing braces.

Options for Adult Braces

Adults are often concerned about their appearance, especially if they need to interact with the public or appear on television or other highly visible situations. When they discover they need orthodontic treatment, then, they are often concerned about how they’ll look.

Fortunately, there is a variety of options available for orthodontic treatment, many of which are much less visible or barely visible at all. Some of these alternate approaches to treatment include:

  • Lingual braces—braces are placed on the backs of the teeth
  • Porcelain braces—brackets are made of tooth-colored porcelain
  • Invisalign—teeth are moved using clear plastic trays

These options can help you get the orthodontic treatment you need without worrying about how you’ll look—and knowing you’ll have a perfect smile when treatment is completed.

Invisalign and How It Works

One of the more popular options for adult orthodontic treatment is Invisalign. This method makes use of custom-made trays of clear plastic. Each tray is rigid enough to shift your teeth into a new position, but comfortable enough you can wear it all day and night. Your dentist creates the trays based on molds of your teeth as well as digital photographs and models that represent how your teeth will look after treatment. Each individual tray moves your teeth a small distance, and by the time you’re finished, you’ll have a straight, beautiful smile.

Invisalign offers some advantages over traditional braces that appeal to adults. These include:

  • Trays are virtually invisible
  • Trays can be removed for short periods
  • Trays are more comfortable than traditional metal brackets

Invisalign can be used to treat most alignment issues, with a few exceptions based on the severity and type of misalignment. If you need orthodontic treatment, be sure to ask your dentist or orthodontist if Invisalign is a good choice for you. Contact us at Forever Young Dentistry today!