It is never too late to straighten your smile. Orthodontics to realign the position of your teeth will improve both the appearance and health of your natural smile. Dr. Shruti Chahal is a Calgary Invisalign provider and offers orthodontic treatment and braces for adults, working with you on an individual basis to evaluate and meet your needs with the highest standard of care.
Orthodontics has been revolutionized by clear braces and clear aligner systems. These options for adult patients can offer benefits that address many of the reasons that most adult patients avoided braces. The benefits of using clear braces and aligners can include:
- discreet orthodontic treatment that no one will notice
- comfortable treatment with minimal to no irritation of the gums
- shorter treatment times for many patients
- ability to continue enjoying your favorite foods
Dr. Chahal will discuss your cosmetic goals and thoroughly evaluate the function of your bite before recommending orthodontic treatment to ensure your end result is stable and lasting. Foothills Dentistry offers a free Invisalign consultation to explore your options and learn more about how Invisalign clear aligners can address your smile concerns.
How Can Braces Improve My Smile?
Braces and aligners for adults can create a straighter smile that is aesthetically pleasing, boosting your confidence in social and professional settings. In addition, teeth that are no longer crooked will be easier to clean, floss and maintain. This can help you to avoid common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Healthy, stable teeth will support long term dental health and your best quality of life.
Beyond crooked teeth, malocclusion can affect the function and comfort of your bite. If the teeth can not make proper contact when biting due to an overbite, underbite or other types of malocclusion, a range of dental health risks are present:
- tooth damage such as chips and cracks
- tooth decay and gum disease
- TMJ related problems due to tension in the jaw muscles
Orthodontic treatment for adults is often recommended as part of a treatment plan for bite problems and TMJ. These disorders are typically rooted in an imbalance in the structure of your smile and tooth position. Addressing these underlying problems through adult orthodontics will give you better bite function, a more stable smile and the ability to enjoy it for longer.
Adult Braces FAQs
Are there any benefits to getting braces later in life?
There may be more options for braces treatment if you wait til later in life. Invisible or clear braces is an option that many adults choose for aesthetic benefits. Depending on the severity of issues some patients may be offered lingual braces. These braces are placed behind the teeth, rather than in front.
Is there an age where it is too late for braces?
As a whole the orthodontic community has not put a label on an age in which patients are too old for braces, largely because they do not seem to have one. It is preferred to have braces while you are young and your oral health is in its best, strongest, and most formable condition, but as an adult it is completely normal and safe.
Do Braces Take Longer As an Adult?
Undergoing treatment with braces as an adult is known to sometimes be a longer process than if the treatment was done on a younger individual. Adults’ bones have been in the same position for a very long time without being disrupted. This makes them harder to move causing treatment to potentially take longer.
Schedule A Braces Consultation Today
Dr. Chahal has the training and experience treating patients of all ages to help you achieve the smile you desire. If you would like to schedule a consultation and discuss your needs and treatment options contact our Calgary dentist office or request an appointment online.