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December 16, 2022

Q: Is It Possible To Get Orthodontics As An Adult?

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There’s no age limit to getting braces or aligners - such as Invisalign or SureSmile. You can still be fitted with these orthodontics as an adult, provided you have a healthy set of teeth and a strong jaw bone. In fact, about one in four orthodontic patients are adults. Regardless of your age, dental braces and aligners can create a better bite, make your teeth fit better in your mouth and decrease the risk of future dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and chewing difficulties.

Top Reasons An Adult Gets Orthodontic Treatment

Adults choose to get orthodontics for several reasons, which include:

  • Crooked or misaligned teeth. Misaligned and uneven teeth can lead to excessive tooth wear, gum disease, tooth decay, jaw problems and chipped teeth.
  • Mouth size. A small mouth can cause tooth crowding, while a large mouth can cause wide gaps between teeth.
  • Aesthetics. Many people don’t like the look of their smiles and prefer their teeth to look straighter or more even.

Types Of Adult Orthodontics

There are lots of options for straightening adult teeth. You should explore different options with your orthodontist to determine which fits your lifestyle best. Some options for adult orthodontics are:

  • Removable, clear aligners which you can wear throughout the day and night. You can remove them when you eat or attend special events where you don’t want your appliance to be seen. As your teeth begin to shift, you will need to change them every few weeks.
  • Ceramic braces made with metal brackets are installed directly on your teeth like traditional braces. 
  • Lingual braces are attached behind your teeth, so they’re not noticeable to other people. 

Are Adult Braces The Right Option For You?

If you believe you might benefit from adult orthodontics, talk to your dentist and ask them to recommend you to an orthodontist. The orthodontist will take a look at your teeth and may take some x-rays to study your underlying bone structure. Based on what they find, they’ll recommend an appropriate treatment plan. 

Orthodontics can improve your quality of life. Speak to our highly trained and friendly dental professionals at Dental Image Therapy Centres for all your dental needs. We offer adult dental services in two convenient Winnipeg locations: St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre.

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