More adults than ever before are seeking orthodontic treatment, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. In fact, one in four orthodontic patients in the United States is over the age of 18.
Why is this?
The reasons vary, of course, and can be deeply personal.
Some adult patients didn’t have braces as kids and are at a point in their lives where they want the confidence that having a straightened smile can bring, both socially and professionally.
Others had braces when they were younger but saw a regression in treatment once the braces came off and as the years progressed.
Still others are exploring the option of braces to help relieve other medical problems, such as jaw pain or the inability to keep certain areas of the mouth clean and free from harmful bacteria.
So how old is too old?
There is no absolute age that is “too old’ to get braces — some people get them well into their 60s!
The first step to determining whether braces — or other orthodontic treatments, such as clear aligners — are an option for you is to have a free consultation at Bluffton Orthodontics.
To schedule your first visit, call us at 843-815-2521.