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Over 50? It is Still Not Too Late for Orthodontics

We’ve all heard the saying “age is just a number.” This phrase rings true when it comes to getting orthodontic treatment later in your adult life. If you want to improve your smile to boost your self-confidence, don’t let your age hold you back. 

More adults have been getting braces in the last ten to twenty years. Braces can be used to not only improve the appearance of your smile by straightening the teeth, but they can also improve your oral health and the functionality of your teeth. Although the pre-teen and teenage years are an ideal time for braces because you are still growing, adult braces are also very effective in improving your smile. 

Boost Your Oral Health

The condition of your teeth is an essential part of your overall health, and as we age, we want to continue to feel our best. When your teeth are crooked, it can be harder to effectively brush and floss your teeth, causing plaque and bacteria to form in the hard to reach places. This can lead to cavities and gum problems, but a straighter smile can help boost the health of your teeth and your gums. 

As you age, preserving your natural teeth is a top priority, so to avoid extra dental work down the road, it is essential to straighten your teeth now.

Regain Your Confidence

No matter your age, we all want to feel confident about ourselves. The gaps or crooked teeth may have caused your self-confidence to wane. If you want to give yourself a confidence boost, that can help you advance in your career or help have more intimate relationships with your friends, family, and significant others, then correcting your smile is an excellent solution for you. 

If your smile embarrasses you and makes you want to hide at home, then you may be feeling isolated from the world. If you could transform your smile, you would have the confidence to take on whatever comes your way. 

More Than Metal Braces

If you’ve considered getting braces as an adult, you may be reluctant due to the dread you feel at the thought of having a mouth full of metal braces. With today’s orthodontic technology, there are other options are more discreet for correcting your smile. You can choose from ceramic braces, which as tooth-colored, making them less noticeable. Invisalign, which are clear, removable plastic aligners, is another subtle alternative to traditional braces. 

In some situations, metal braces may be the most effective, so it is essential to consult with your orthodontist to see which option will work best for you. 

A Few Things to Keep in Mind Before Getting Braces

If your teeth are strong and healthy but are crooked, then the age you get braces is not an issue. Adults with other dental problems, like tooth decay or missing teeth, then these issues will need to be corrected before getting braces. Also keep in mind that as an adult, your bones have stopped growing so some changes to your smile cannot be achieved with braces alone and may require minor oral surgery in addition to braces.

Contact King Orthodontics today to learn more about adult braces and schedule your free consultation!

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I have 4 children who are patients of King Orthodontics and we always look forward to our visits. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff is kind, & courteous. To top it off, we have never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so! Dr. King... and Dr. Bryan, are kind and knowledgeable and easily accessible too. I can’t say enough about this practice!

Elizabeth K, Monroeville PA

I just wanted to take a minute to write and let you know what a wonderful addition Dr. DeMiria is to your office. I was in twice this week and saw Dr. DeMiria on Monday for the first time. She is absolutely wonderful - just so nice and she really seems to be invested in her patients. The entire staff at Wexford office is wonderful and Dr. DeMiria is just icing on the cake.

Jen R, Pittsburgh PA

I absolutely love King Orthodontics!! The staff are so friendly and actually care about you and your teeth. Almost everyone who works there knows you by name which is very uncommon for a place with so many patients. It is so worth the hour drive it takes me to get there. I would highly recommend King Orthodontics to anyone!!!!!

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