Think you are too old braces? Orthodontic treatments are no longer for just children and teens.
Dr. Ami Barakat treats many adult patients for various reasons in the Ottawa area. Healthy teeth can move at any age! Some adults who had orthodontic treatment in the past can suffer from relapse. Many of the adult patients we treat simply never had their teeth treated and are now discouraged at the thought of wearing metal braces. There are also some adult patients who had orthodontic treatment in their earlier years but never completed it. Whatever the reason, Dr. Barakat will find a treatment plan for any adult seeking a beautiful and healthy smile.
Why Seek Orthodontic Treatment Now?
A significant number of orthodontic patients are ages 18-70 years of age. Many adults want to have a smile they love and also improved oral health. Aside from being a cosmetic concern, people with crooked teeth, poorly aligned bites and crowded teeth are more prone to dental problems. Their teeth will be harder to clean leading to tooth decay and gum disease. People suffering from malocclusion (a bad bite) may have issues chewing, swallowing, and speaking certain sounds. Having straight teeth can also aid in the longevity of certain restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Adult Orthodontic Treatments
Today’s braces are not what they were decades ago. Thanks to advances in the field of orthodontics, treatment options are more comfortable and less obtrusive. These innovations have made traditional metal braces smaller and flatter. Even though this is the least popular option among adults, it is still an effective and economical way to gradually move teeth into proper position.
Adults now have the option of choosing clear aligners to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that offers many more benefits compared to traditional metal braces. It involves using a series of custom made aligners that are ultra-thin and clear. They are made of highly durable material that is designed to fit snugly against the teeth and gums. The clear aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day. They are an ideal orthodontic treatment for adults because:
- They are clear making them less noticeable. Adults will not have to deal with the stigma of wearing metal braces.
- They are more convenient since they can be removed to eat and brush your teeth. No need to deal with food getting stuck in them!
- There will be fewer appointments. As an adult, you are busy and choosing Invisalign will save you from having to go to more appointments.
Adult Orthodontics FAQs
Do braces take longer for adults?
Correcting your teeth with braces does take a little longer for adults than children. The main reason is because a child’s mouth is still developing, thus more receptive to gently shifting teeth and repositioning their smile. Adults over 25 have more developed and stronger teeth. This does not mean adults can’t have comfortable braces and correct their crooked teeth in a timely manner.
How long do braces stay on for adults?
Orthodontics treatment with the Invisalign clear aligner system can expect treatment to last between 12 to 24 months. Treatment results will depend on how well you follow treatment instructions and recommendations. Treatment length will also depend on the severity of your malocclusion.
At what age is it too late to get braces?
It is never too late to get orthodontics. Your dentist will recommend treatment based on your oral health and cosmetic dental needs. Most adult patients consider Invisalign clear aligners for cosmetic reasons. Dentists agree it is a very effective way to align your teeth in no time.
Do adults have to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, everyone needs to wear a retainer in order to prevent orthodontics relapse. Preventing orthodontics relapse is very important because it can undo the time and effort it took to fix your issue; not to mention the wasted costs. A retainer will keep your teeth from shifting back to their original crooked position. This is a common issue for patients that do not follow retainer instructions.
Free Adult Orthodontic Consultation
If you are an adult and ready to attain a straighter, healthier smile, schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Barakat in our Stittsville dentist office. Dr. Barakat will conduct a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation examining your mouth, jaw, and teeth and will also discuss the concerns you have. He will then be able to present your options on how to straighten your smile. You will also receive information about insurance, payment options, and financing options.
We are accepting new adult orthodontic cases. Contact our Stittsville, Kanata and Ottawa area orthodontics office today. Schedule your consultation by calling (613) 655-9966, or request an appointment online.