Braces Over 40? Yes, It’s Possible!

March 29, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dailysmilesmacarthur @ 2:29 pm
a mature man getting his braces adjusted

Crooked, misaligned, and crowded teeth can affect you at any time in your life. However, for some reason, undergoing orthodontic treatment is typically only associated with teens and young adults. If you’re 40 or older and considering whether braces are right for you, know that it’s never too late to improve the alignment, and in turn, the health of your smile. Read on to learn what to expect if you’re interested in getting braces over 40.

Can Adults Get Braces?

Since the invention of Invisalign clear aligners, more adults are starting to consider the possibility of undergoing orthodontic treatment. Misalignment and bite problems can be a consistent concern throughout your life, or they can arise along with other dental health concerns, like missing teeth. Whether you opt for traditional braces or discreet clear aligners to address them, your dentist in Irving will walk you through what the process will look like at your initial consultation.

Do Orthodontic Issues Get Worse with Age?

Naturally, as you age, your bone remodels and replaces itself. This process, called osteon remodeling, can impact your dental structure, as well as oral health issues associated with aging, like gum disease and tooth loss. When all of this occurs, you may notice that your teeth begin to shift out of their original positions, whether that’s to fill gaps in your arch or your bone structure slightly changing. This can cause existing problems, like bite misalignment and crowded teeth, to become worse with age.

While these incremental changes may not be obvious right away, the older you get, the more likely you’ll recognize how your smile is shifting. If you don’t address them, you may find yourself developing secondary dental conditions, like bruxism (teeth grinding) as a result of malocclusion and poor dental hygiene due to crowding.

It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Whether you’re 20 years old or 60, it’s never too late to make the best decision for your smile. Plus, today, there’s more than just one orthodontic treatment that you can choose from. This freedom of choice paired with the promise of a straighter, healthier grin is all that most adults need to take the first step on their journey towards a smile that they feel proud to let show.

About the Author

With over 10 years of experience in the dental field and additional training in orthodontics, Dr. Rafiq Hirji is proud to offer his patients traditional braces as well as Invisalign clear aligners to straighten their smiles. He uses the latest technology, like the digital impression system, to offer precise treatment planning and perfectly fitted orthodontic appliances. For questions or to schedule a consultation, visit Daily Smiles MacArthur Dental & Orthodontics’ website or call 972-546-4114.

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