If you ask most people what their first thought regarding the term “orthodontics,” chances are good that they’ll say something related to teenagers in braces. It’s true that many orthodontic patients are teens, but treatment can actually be beneficial for all ages, including adults. In fact, about 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is over the age of 18! If you’ve been unhappy with how your teeth look for a while, you may be wondering, “am I too old for braces”? The good news is there’s no better time to explore how orthodontics can help you achieve a healthier, straighter smile. 

Here at Sawgrass Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatment options to correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and more. You’re never too old to improve your oral health! To learn more about what orthodontics actually is, and how it can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, keep reading below.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty under the umbrella of dentistry. An orthodontist is a dentist who has also received additional education and training in identifying and correcting bite abnormalities. This gives them the skill and expertise necessary to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws, and improve the overall function of your mouth.

Generally speaking, orthodontists focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. When these kinds of issues are left untreated, they can get worse over time. The wear and tear on the teeth, gum tissue and bone may cause pain in the face and neck, headaches, and even difficulties with chewing or speaking. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Penelope Reingowsky or Dr. Kristen Igualada-Heine will be able to diagnose and treat these issues, improving both the function and appearance of your smile!

Why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment

As we get older, we often begin to understand a bit more about the many ways that oral health is connected to total body health. For some people, this knowledge spurs them to take action by seeking dental or orthodontic treatment that will allow them to better care for their teeth and gums.

We also see a lot of adult patients who received some orthodontic treatment earlier in life that was never finished. Touch-up treatment is common, as well. Teeth that were straightened when you’re younger can shift over time because of age, genetics, or improper retainer use. In these cases, we can monitor your teeth, provide new retainers, or retreat with braces or aligners. 

Some adults have never had treatment before, and are simply looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile. The resulting boost in confidence and self-esteem can positively impact many areas of a person’s life, both professionally and personally. 

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Orthodontic options for adult patients

Whatever your reason for seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you have more options than ever before! Our expert team is thrilled to offer the following treatments for a total smile makeover.

Metal Braces 

Today’s metal braces are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires with connecting rubber bands, all of which apply a gentle pressure that gradually moves your teeth into a straighter position. This treatment method has proven to be reliable and effective for decades, and nowadays metal braces are much more comfortable than they used to be!

Ceramic Self-Ligating Braces  

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces because they use brackets and metal wires that adjust your teeth over time to their prescribed position. However, ceramic and clear braces are exceptionally inconspicuous because the brackets are basically the same color as your teeth!

These braces are ideal for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns but are looking to go the more traditional bracket-and-wire route. For you, this means fewer appointments and less friction on your tooth.

Lingual Braces 

Lingual braces are another great option if you don’t want anyone to know you’re wearing braces. Lingual brackets are attached to the back of your teeth, so they’re not visible from the front of your smile. They essentially work “behind the scenes” to straighten your smile!

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of clear, removable aligners customized to fit comfortably over your teeth. Like braces, the aligners gently move your teeth into the desired positions. To do this, you’ll need to wear them 20-22 hours per day throughout the course of treatment, and replacing them every 1-2 weeks for the next aligner in the system. 

Invisalign offers patients a bit of freedom and flexibility that traditional braces just can’t beat! There are no food restrictions since aligners are removed when eating or drinking. They also make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets, and can simply brush and floss the way you normally would.

Get the smile you deserve with Sawgrass Orthodontics

Not every treatment method is suitable for all patients, and every orthodontic option will have its own list of pros and cons. That’s why it’s so important to choose an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Penelope Reingowsky or Dr. Kristen Igualada-Heine! 

We don’t believe that “one size fits all” when it comes to orthodontics, so you can always trust Sawgrass Orthodontics to recommend only the best treatment option for your specific needs. Dr. Penelope Reingowsky or Dr. Kristen Igualada-Heine will build a personalized treatment plan for you based on your unique smile, lifestyle, and goals so you have a positive orthodontic experience and superior results! 

Our talented team is committed to providing the latest in orthodontic techniques and technology for patients of all ages in Sunrise and the surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide you with a rewarding and stress-free journey from start to finish. We work hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home. You’re not just another face here, you’re family!

It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Take the first step today by calling us to schedule your initial consultation.

- Dr. Langford

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