Am I too old for braces?
When patients first hear about clear aligners and clear braces at Arnold Dental, we often hear the question, “Am I too old for braces?” or the more fatalistic, “I would have loved straighter teeth, but I’m too old for braces now”.
We always take great pleasure in declaring, “No. You’re never too old for braces!”
There genuinely is no upper age limit on wearing braces and having straighter teeth. We see patients well into their 40s, 50s and 60s who are tired of smiling through closed lips or hiding their teeth behind their hands. Many of these people finally have an expendable income for the first time in their adult lives and are ready to invest in feeling good about their smile.
Fast-acting clear braces
Teeth straightening can take slightly longer for an adult than it would for a child. This is because your jaw bone is thicker and your teeth have been in their current position for longer. However, there are a wide range of clear braces and aligners that have been specially designed to give adults discreet and fast-acting orthodontic treatment.
Here at Arnold Dental, we favour Invisalign and Smile Tru clear braces, as well as the Inman Aligner, because it gives us the scope to deal with everything from minor alignment issues to more complex orthodontic cases. The Inman Aligner, for example, focuses on your top, front teeth and can give you a straighter smile in as little as six to 16 weeks. Treatment with Invisalign or Smile Tru can take from nine to 18 months, depending on your individual needs. This is still faster than with traditional fixed metal braces.
Discreet clear braces for busy adults
You may have held back from having braces in the past because you feel self-conscious about people knowing you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is a common concern for the vast majority of adults who want straighter teeth.
We only offer clear braces and aligners at Arnold Dental because you are able to have your teeth straightened without it being immediately obvious to most people who meet you. All of our systems use clear aligners that are tailor-made to fit your teeth like a glove for an incredibly discreet treatment.
A practical solution
Our clear braces at Arnold Dental are also incredibly practical because you can take them out every time you need to eat, drink or clean your teeth. Got a big meeting coming up or a looked forward to event? You can even take your clear braces out for a couple of hours – as long as it doesn’t become a regular thing – so no-one needs to know you’re having your teeth straightened.
Good for your confidence and your health
Having straighter teeth has a number of significant benefits, whatever your age. Straighter teeth are generally easier to keep clean with effective brushing and flossing. In turn, this can help to protect you from gum disease and the problems associated with gingivitis, such as bleeding, swollen gums, bad breath, tooth loss, bone loss, and even health problems such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
As your oral health and physical health are intrinsically linked, you’re certainly never too old to take action and benefit from straighter teeth.
We offer finance options to let you spread the cost of your clear braces at Arnold Dental over a series of instalments so that you can have the teeth straightening treatment you need straight away. No more delays or regrets.
Call us on 0115 9200571 to book a FREE initial consultation to find out more about your clear brace options.