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Never Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment

Never Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 09/25/2019
Never Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment

Never Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment

When you think of braces, you likely have an image of a teenager or young adult in your head. While most people seek out orthodontic treatment for problems in childhood and early adulthood, it isn’t the only time you can improve your smile. You are never too old for orthodontic treatment1! More and more adults are seeking assistance for dental relief through their orthodontist. Here are just a few reasons you may want to consider making an appointment, even as an adult.

Relieve Pain Due to Dental Misalignment

If you are struggling with tooth or jaw pain, it may be related to your teeth being misaligned or crooked. This can have a profound impact on the quality of your life. In fact, sometimes we see patients come in that haven’t been able to eat pain-free in decades! You don’t have to suffer through tooth pain due to crooked or misaligned teeth. Sometimes, all a patient needs is to be fitted with braces. Within a year to 18 months, they are pain-free!

Prevent Dental Issues Down the Line

Even if you aren’t experiencing pain currently, it doesn’t mean you aren’t putting yourself at risk for dental problems. Having a straight smile isn’t just aesthetic, it also is vital for dental health. With crooked or misaligned teeth, it can make it more difficult to brush and floss properly, leading to decay, infection, and gum disease. With prompt preemptive action, you can prevent a lot of pain, time, and money spent at your orthodontist as you get older.

Get the Smile You Deserve

As an adult, first impressions have a real impact on your life. This is especially true when it comes to careers, relationships, and self-esteem. When you have a crooked smile, you may be afraid or uncomfortable to show your real emotions. You may not feel as though you have the confidence to pursue your life goals. Sadly, adults feel as though they don’t deserve orthodontic treatment, or are afraid of dental procedures. At any age, we deserve to feel happy and confident in our smiles.

Orthodontic Treatment Can Be Affordable

One of the main reasons adults tend to not make an appointment with an orthodontist is the expense. Many adults mistakenly believe that it is exceptionally pricey to get quality orthodontic treatment. With fewer and fewer adults having access to dental insurance, it is understandable that it would be a primary concern. However, orthodontists often have many payment options for patients. When you call your orthodontist to make an initial appointment, talk about any financial struggles you may be having. They can offer financing, CareCredit™, and other payment options to make treatment fit into your budget. Not to mention, putting necessary orthodontic treatment off can lead to incurring much higher treatment costs in the long-run. It is way more affordable to prevent issues than to repair them.

How to Get Orthodontic Treatment as An Adult

Ok, so you have decided to take the first step and get orthodontic treatment as an adult. The first step is to call your orthodontist’s office and make an appointment for a consultation. In this appointment, they will conduct a basic examination, diagnose issues or problems, and create a personalized dental strategy for achieving your goals. For specific orthodontic procedures, you may need to ensure that you are a correct candidate. For example, not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign™ invisible braces2. Your orthodontist will go over all aspects of your treatment plan, including what you can and cannot do due to your dental and medical health.

What Should I Bring to an Appointment?

It is crucial that you bring with you a state-issued photo ID, as well as any insurance coverage you have for dental procedures. You will likely also need to provide insurance information over the phone when you book your appointment, so have that ready when you make the initial call. It is also helpful to bring the following:

  • List of medications you are currently taking.
  • List of any non-prescription supplements you are currently taking.
  • List of allergies.
  • General medical history.
  • Knowledge of past dental or orthodontic procedures.

Your orthodontist may request additional information before your appointment. Most offices will have forms for you to fill out when you arrive that covers a lot of the information above. When in doubt, you can always call and ask the office regarding what they will need for your consultation.