Can I Get Braces As An Adult?

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Your smile is one of the central features of your face. Can you imagine your life with perfectly straight teeth? You’d never have to shy away from smiling or feel self-conscious about your teeth. 

Crooked teeth are incredibly common. Still, they are a source of insecurity for many people. 

As a child, you might have paid little attention to your teeth. But as you get older, you think about your smile far more often. You see it during Zoom calls. You notice it in photos. And you worry about how it might impact your oral health. 

Do you wish your teeth were straighter? You may wonder if it’s too late to get braces. At EK Dental, we’re here to tell you that it’s never too late to work on your smile. We’re going to clear up a few misconceptions about adult braces:


Adult Braces Are Common

You shouldn’t feel self-conscious about seeking orthodontic treatment. It’s incredibly common! In fact, one treatment centre found that 1 in 5 current orthodontic patients are over the age of 18.  Another orthodontic specialist wrote that 50% of their patients are adults

You’re far from the only adult thinking about braces. Don’t let insecurity hold you back from the smile you deserve. 


Is There an Age Limit on Braces?

Why are braces so common among younger people? At an early age, the teeth are still growing, so it’s easier to move the bone structure. As an adult, your mouth has fully developed. 

However, that doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause. Your dentist may recommend other restorative services before your orthodontic treatment, including oral surgery. It all depends on your unique situation. 


Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Braces do more than straighten your smile. By aligning crooked teeth, you can enjoy the following oral health benefits:

  • It’s easier to clean your teeth. When your teeth overlap, it’s tough to remove plaque from between them. Brushing and flossing will be a breeze when all your teeth are in alignment. 
  • Boost your self-confidence. How we feel affects our day-to-day interactions. With more confidence, you’ll find it easier to make friends and be yourself.
  • Better oral health. If food gets lodged between your teeth, it can lead to cavities and tooth infections. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Take better care of your teeth and prevent decay with orthodontic treatment.


An Alternative to Braces

You want to correct your smile, but you aren’t eager to cover your teeth in metal brackets. Good news: There’s a faster, more discreet solution. Invisalign.

If you have mild to moderate issues with your teeth, Invisalign retainers can adjust your smile. These clear retainers are used to correct minor issues like:

  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Rotated teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

These removable retainers can be taken out whenever you need to eat, clean your teeth, or smile for a photo. They’re made of clear, BPA-free plastic; most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. Straighten your smile without the hassle of braces by choosing Invisalign.


Interested in Invisalign?

Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Invisalign. At East Kildonan Dental Group, our Winnipeg dentists offer treatments for patients of all ages. To book a consultation, get in touch with us today!


Article written by East Kildonan Dental

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