Yes, you can get can get braces as an adult!
There’s no age limit on confidence! While the majority of patients are children and teens, more and more adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Not only do adults want to have beautiful smiles, but they also know their mouths will be healthier when they do.
Reasons Adults May Seek Orthodontic Treatment
› An overbite or underbite that causes teeth to fit together incorrectly
› Crowding or excessive spacing, which can lead to tooth decay or gum & bone disease
› Jaw pain that accompanies crooked and overlapping teeth
› Esthetic concerns
› Pre-Prosthetic Orthodontics — if you are working with your dentist and planning some restorative or prosthetic work, they may recommend orthodontic treatment to get you ready for restorative treatment as part of the plan
While children’s jawbones are still growing, adult’s bones are fully developed. As a result, adults may have to wear orthodontic appliances longer, or even require more extensive treatment. In rare situations, orthognathic (jaw) surgery may be necessary to align the jaws as well as the teeth.
Gum and bone health:
Adults may suffer from various stages of periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Even though tooth alignment can be changed at any age, it is important to make sure your gums and bone structure are healthy. That’s why a proper orthodontic examination is needed before any treatment is started.