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Are You Too Old to Get Braces?

A common question that orthodontists get asked is, “Am I too old for braces? Will the treatment help me straighten my teeth out?” The answer is yes. Adults form a great proportion of the patients seeking orthodontic treatment, and some recent research shows that adults (defined as those above the age of 18 years) make up approximately 22% of the case load in the USA (based on a research published 2012). It is not difficult to notice that Kuwait seems to be mirroring this trend, particularly women. One explanation for the rise in adult cases braces could be the increase in how much people care about the appearance of their teeth. There is pressure from the society on individuals to improve their shape and certainly the alignment of their teeth and smiles comes as top priority.

People often feel uncomfortable about their teeth. It is very common to see smart and intelligent people trying to hide their teeth every time they talk, simply because they think their smile is not good enough.

Most people who suffer from self-confidence issues because of their teeth do say because of its crookedness. A lot of us today are subjected to environments where we have to interact with a large group of people, be it at university or at the workplace. Most people are misinformed in terms of whether or not getting braces would be beneficial for them.

Although orthodontic (braces) treatment can be delivered to adults, there are some factors and facts that potential patients need to consider. On an average, people reach their full jaw growth by their late teens. This essentially determines how far the effects of the treatment will be successful and for how long they might need to wear the braces. Usually adults need to wear braces for considerably longer than teenagers.

However, adults who are getting braces to consciously improve their appearance are more likely to comply with the dentist’s advice than teenagers would. Compliance to doctor’s instructions and advice can greatly improve the success rate of an orthodontic treatment.

For people who are opposed to the idea of the “train-track” metal braces, have more options now than they did before. A patient can always opt for “Esthetic” braces like the clear or ceramic brackets or the “Lingual” or tongue side braces which are placed inside the teeth rather than on them.

Lingual or Tongue Side Braces

Lastly, if the set up of the teeth is not too bad, with only small amount of corrections the clear or invisible aligners can also be used. The idea of this option is that people wear clear gum-shield type aligners which are pre-programmed and will move the teeth incrementally.

Clear Aligners or Invisible Braces

With the advancement in orthodontic science it is never too late to correct your teeth. All you need to do is listen to your orthodontist’s advice and understand the extent of corrections required to correctly assess the time frame and success of your treatment.

Go conquer the world with a winning smile!

As told by Dr. Dr.Saud A. Al-Anezi, Q8 Braces