A healthy bite and good looking smile is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Your age is not a consideration for orthodontic treatment, as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your smile as well as your dental, physical and emotional health.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile, of course, but also a good functional occlusion, meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great. Proper tooth alignment makes it easier to bite, chew and speak. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is very important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to numerous issues such as: gum and bone loss, tooth decay and abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint issues.
Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem and self-confidence. But why now? Maybe the reason is as an adult you can afford braces when your parents couldn’t or you are simply more conscious of the cosmetic and health benefits of having straight teeth. Whatever your reasons for inquiring about orthodontic treatment, a customized plan is available just for you. For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment but braces have evolved considerably in the last 15 years. So breathe easy, the days of being a true “metal mouth” are over and more lightweight and cosmetically friendly options are available.
Dr. Hatcher and our awesome assistant Sarai are actually currently in treatment. Like 2/3 of the population, their teeth have shifted and changed through the years. Dr. Hatcher himself admits that missing some time with his retainer has led to braces again. At first glance, many of our patients don’t even notice Dr. Hatcher is wearing our aesthetic clear brackets.
Most people want a great smile, and adults know that it can make a great difference not only in their personal but also their professional lives. Many say the payoff is worth any hesitation you may have. These days, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients hoping to finally get the perfect smile they’ve always dreamed about and they all agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset, their smile.