Trending: Why Adults Today Want Braces

Dental Braces For Everyone

If you think you’re past 60 and that you wouldn’t have any use for dental braces, then you’re all wrong. It’s never too late. Many older men and women are wearing braces for the first time. Braces are becoming more common for adults. It’s not just adults in their 20s, 30s, but people over the age of 50 are also making visits to the orthodontist’s office. There is indeed a growing trend. The percentage can be higher for offices that specialize in adult services.

Why do adults get braces anyway?

The reasons are varied and personal. Some who are not good candidates for dental implants get braces. Some have braces to spread out the teeth so that a single bridge can fit into the wide gap later on. Some older patients want braces for cosmetic reasons or they simply do not like the way their teeth look. People just want to look better. Some clients just need something fixed. For others, their teeth are simply showing the wear and tear of five or more decades of dental work, or a past dental work is causing problems, or a bite needs to be adjusted.

People are thinking more about aesthetics. Some surveys point out about the impact bad teeth can have. Like a poll saying adults avoid smiling because of their teeth’s appearance. In the past, older adults’ teeth and gums were simply in unsuitable conditions for braces. Today, due to superior dental care, technology and prevention measures, adult teeth are in better shape.

There seems to be a stigma that’s disappeared regarding braces for adults. While many who were children before didn’t get braces, past experience doesn’t seem to matter because braces on older adults is becoming more common. That’s because the technology today is better. Installation is easier to manage, outside appearances are better (as in the use of clear braces such as Invisalign), and treatment duration is shorter. Social media has also made the trend acceptable.

Are there any obstacles to adults getting braces?

There are factors that make braces for adults more difficult to process. One is gum disease. A significant percentage of adult patients have gum disease. Some orthodontists have as high as 70% of clientele over age 65 years having gum disease. However, there are many patients just over 30 who have gum issues and depending on severity, may not be suitable for braces.

Bone loss is another obstacle. Adult jaw bone is not as thick as children’s. They might not hold up well against the force of the braces. And because the treatment involves moving teeth, there may be problems as teeth are moved through thinner adult bone. In addition, teeth tend to migrate more slowly in older patients, unlike in children in whom teeth are moved more easily.

Past dental work is another hurdle. In adults, the presence of crowns, fillings, and other previous work can present problems. Most children don’t have as much past work done on their teeth; that’s not the same with adults. In addition, orthodontists say that most children have healthier mouths, much more different with adults.

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