Am I Too Old for Adult Braces?
No! You're never too old for adult braces. As we age, it's not uncommon for our teeth to shift. Likewise, many people who received orthodontic treatment as children may need a small adjustment to their bite once they become adults. No matter your circumstances, our cosmetic dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, offers both clear aligners and traditional metal braces.
Here's what you need to know about getting orthodontic treatment as an adult.
We Can Move Teeth at Any Age
Whether you're 8 or 80, our Grand Rapids dentist will be able to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Through orthodontics, we can move teeth at any age so you can smile with confidence.
As an adult, you have denser bone tissue than that of a child. For this reason, your orthodontic treatment may take a little longer. However, this doesn't mean that we can't move teeth with a high degree of precision to achieve perfect alignment and bite.
Adult braces exert constant but gentle pressure on your teeth. That way, Dr. Nichols can move your teeth in a controlled manner with a high predictability of results.
Clear Aligners Are A Discreet Option
Worried about having metal braces on your teeth? Ask our cosmetic dentist if you're a candidate for clear aligners.
One of the benefits of clear aligners is that they're a discreet orthodontic option. This means that you won't have to feel self-conscious while straightening your teeth. Clear aligners are also a great option for patients who work public-facing jobs or are going to college.
Since clear aligners are removable, patients need to have a lot of self-discipline to wear them 20 to 22 hours per day. Adult patients tend to be more motivated to complete orthodontic treatment, which makes them great candidates for clear aligner treatment.
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Metal Braces Are Safe and Effective
It's a misconception that only children and teens can get traditional metal braces. While some patients may prefer discreet clear aligners, it's important to understand that not everyone is a candidate for that type of treatment.
Certain issues with tooth alignment and bite may respond better to metal braces. That's why we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Nichols so you can learn about all of your options for orthodontic treatment.
We'll Help You Smile with Confidence
You don't have to go through life feeling self-conscious about your smile. Before orthodontic treatment, a lot of adult patients may smile with their lips closed or cover their mouth when they laugh. If this describes you, it's time to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist. Dr. Nichols will do everything in his power so you can feel comfortable showing off your smile to the world.
Learn More About Adult Braces
Dr. Michael Nichols is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, who's accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment and learn if you're a candidate for adult braces, please call Nichols Family Dentistry at (616) 333-8496. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.