Are You Ever Too Old for Braces?

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You’re never too old to get the smile of your dreams. Dr. Ryan Williams of Rose Rock Orthodontics explains more about adult orthodontic treatment.

Enid, Oklahoma – While you probably think of an adolescent when you think of someone undergoing orthodontic treatment, today nearly one in four orthodontic patients is actually an adult. That’s right – you’re never too old to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

“The process of moving teeth is the same no matter your age, so whether you are 7 or 67, we can give you the smile you’ve always wanted,” says Dr. Ryan Williams of Rose Rock Orthodontics.

There are many factors that go into orthodontic treatment, but age is rarely a reason to avoid seeking treatment. While there are things that are unique to older patients, orthodontic issues can be corrected at any age.

So, how does orthodontic treatment as an adult differ from receiving it in adolescence?

Adults will most likely face a few oral issues that younger patients don’t have to worry about yet. The first thing is that adults have denser bone tissue than children. Your teeth can still be guided to their new locations, it just may take a bit longer for an adult.

Second, adults no longer have the benefit of a jaw that is still growing. The reason why orthodontic treatment is so popular when you are younger is that your orthodontist can take advantage of your growing jaw. The jaw can be guided to accommodate all of the permanent teeth, and jaw issues such as overbites, underbites and crossbites can be fixed more easily.

Adults may also have missing teeth or restorations, misshapen or worn teeth, or other oral health issues that can make orthodontic treatment a bit trickier. Many adults also suffer from some form of gum disease. Healthy gums are key to effective orthodontic treatment, so gum disease will need to be treated and under control in order to have a successful outcome.

“Orthodontic treatment may be a little different as an adult, but it is still incredibly valuable,” says Dr. Williams. “You may be experiencing dental and oral health issues due to your orthodontic issue – chipped, worn down and broken teeth, as well as jaw pain and headaches, and tooth decay can all be caused by bad bites and misaligned teeth. You may be surprised at the positive impact orthodontic treatment can have on your oral health.”

Today, there are more treatment options than ever before. Many adults may not want to have a mouth full of metal as they go about their busy daily lives. That’s no problem. With treatment options such as clear braces, Invisalign and lingual braces, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted as discreetly as possible.

Dr. Williams and his team at Rose Rock Orthodontics are pleased to offer the most cutting edge treatments available – there is sure to be a treatment option to fit into your busy lifestyle.

To begin your journey to improved oral health, call Rose Rock Orthodontics today at 580-540-3211.

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