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Am I Too Old for Braces or Invisalign?

We often fall into the societal trap of thinking orthodontic treatment is for our teen years exclusively; if we didn’t get braces by that time, the ship has already sailed. This simply isn’t the case. You are never too old for braces or Invisalign. You have the right to get the smile of your dreams at any age and you shouldn’t let outdated viewpoints stop you from achieving your goals for your grin. 

Dr. Jill Bruno and her team have taken the extra step in catering to their more mature patients, and are the orthodontic office in Chevy Chase with a separate treatment center for adults. If you’re still on the fence about taking the time to get treatment, you can schedule a virtual call to work out your worries with our team. Before taking the plunge, let’s talk more about the benefits of orthodontics and what kind of treatment might be the right fit for your new smile.

More Than Just a Pretty Face: The Added Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth

Many people wonder if getting braces as an adult is too cosmetic in nature, and are they too old to be fixing the smile they’ve had for years. While having a smile you are confident in certainly increases the quality of your life, there are plenty more reasons to get orthodontic treatment, especially as an adult. 

Correcting your smile will help you breathe easier and chew more comfortably, eliminating the severity of conditions that can develop or worsen with age, like sleep apnea. You’ll reduce the likelihood of excessive wear and tear on your teeth, and your teeth will be more protected as they won’t protrude and be exposed to injury. 

Getting orthodontic treatment will allow you to get rid of pain and migraines associated with TMJ and will allow for needed space in your mouth in the case that you might require dental implants in the future. Orthodontic treatment as an adult can bring your overall health to an optimal level in a way you might not even have thought to be possible. You are simultaneously investing in a smile you’ve always wanted while being proactive about current and potential dental problems.

Braces Options Available to Adult Orthodontic Patients

It’s important to know that getting orthodontic treatment as an adult has become much more common, with up to 50% of some orthodontists’ patients being adults. You’ll have several decisions to make when it comes to choosing the right path for your new smile, and your orthodontist will be able to walk you through all avenues to make sure you arrive at a conclusion you’re comfortable with. First, you’ll want to think about treatment time and the amount of money you’re willing to invest in your grin. As with any medical procedure, every patient will require different things and have a unique treatment plan, but the average treatment time reported for adults is 6 to 12 months with metal braces. 

Ceramic braces are another option available if you’re looking to have the brackets be less noticeable, as the color of this alternative blends with your natural teeth. Talk to your orthodontist about wires, brackets, rubber bands, and adjustments that will come with braces. There are several cleaning and maintenance protocols that you’ll need to know about ahead of time if you’re looking to go the more traditional route.

Invisalign for Adults Who Think They’re Too Old for Braces

Invisalign clear aligners are becoming the more popular choice for adults seeking treatment as it eliminates the age insecurity of wearing metal braces, which can be viewed as juvenile in appearance. Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth with virtually no visibility as they are made from clear plastic. Dr. Jill Bruno is a Diamond+ Top 1% Invisalign provider and currently has over 1,000 successful cases with the treatment. 

Dr. Bruno breaks down how the process works, simply and to the point: “A set of clear plastic trays will be made using precise 3D images of your teeth. These trays easily snap into place and are removed for meals, brushing, and flossing. As you progress in your treatment, you’ll move through a series of aligners, each moving your teeth closer to their ideal positions.”

The cost of Invisalign varies based on how long and how intensive the treatment calls for. However, it is often comparable to the cost of traditional braces. Many forms of dental insurance can also help reduce treatment expense, and talking to your orthodontist will help you have a clearer picture of price points. Dr. Jill Bruno also offers financing options for Invisalign and can work with you to develop a pricing plan that you can afford. 

The benefits of getting Invisalign as an adult are clear. As long as you’re responsible about removing and inserting aligners properly and keep on top of maintenance, it seems like the most fitting option for most adult patients.

You’re Never Too Old To Invest In Yourself

If you’re still unsure about getting treatment as an adult, come visit our adult patient center and see how easily you fit in. We often see patients in their 60s and 70s, and our separate treatment space allows you to feel comfortable. We’re looking forward to helping you navigate this journey and finding the treatment option that fits your lifestyle and needs. Together, we can create the straight, healthy smile you’ve dreamed of.

Bruno Orthodontics offers Invisalign, braces, and other orthodontic treatment for adults, teens, and children in an award-winning office in Chevy Chase. Dr. Jill Bruno is a Diamond+ Provider for Invisalign, putting her in the top 1% of Invisalign doctors. Convenient online scheduling and virtual consults are available for new and current patients.