At what Age are you too Old to Start Braces?

At what Age are you too Old to Start Braces?

Posted by Lawless Orthodontics Feb 27, 2023

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NEVER! Although the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends having your first Orthodontic consultation at age 7, anytime can be the “right time” to start braces.

According to the AAO, 1 in 3 orthodontic patients are over 18! In fact, we see patients of all ages in our clinic every day.

There are many reasons the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is at an all-time high.

One of the biggest reasons is because we offer unique options such as:

  • clear aligners
  • tooth-colored braces
  • tiny self-litigating metal braces

All of which offer a sleeker appearance while providing the same amazing treatment!

A common misconception is that adult teeth do not move.

This is FALSE! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age because it uses the same physiological process.

It is also equally IMPORTANT to get braces at all ages.

Orthodontic treatment can prevent many dental and health issues, that often are more threatening as you get older anyway. A few dental issues that can be helped through having straight teeth include:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • abnormal wearing of enamel
  • difficulty chewing

Dr. Lawless will customize your treatment plan to your needs no matter what age you begin your journey to a healthier smile. Give us a call today for a free consultation!

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