Is 35 Too Old For Braces?

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Orthodontist In London Waterloo
Orthodontic Braces & Invisalign In London

Braces in London Waterloo

A number of our orthodontic patients in London are adult patients above the age of 30. If you are looking to create straight, beautiful teeth, our orthodontic dentists at Whites Dental in London Waterloo can help. We offer a range of orthodontic braces treatments near London Bridge and Elephant and Castle; these include Damon braces, Fastbraces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign braces, clear braces and also hidden lingual braces. We are based in London Waterloo, adjacent to Southwark Station or a quick walk from Waterloo rail station.

Does a Patient’s Age Matter?

As many people suspect, orthodontic treatment can take slightly longer for adults than teenagers and children. Faster results are possible when we treat children because their jaws are still growing and teeth are still moving so they are easier to shift into the desired place. Adult teeth have been in position longer and take more effort to move into place. Having said that, you can use braces to correct misaligned teeth at any age, just so long as your teeth and gums are reasonably strong. Usually, dental braces are not suitable for patients with weakened gums or poor dental health as they place a lot of extra pressure on the gums. You have to have healthy and flexible gums in order to undertake braces treatment. It is becoming progressively common for adults to be fitted with braces. If you are looking to have your teeth straightened, please do *not* let your age discourage you. In most cases, even older patients have strong enough teeth to undergo orthodontic care. There are abundant of compelling reasons to seek orthodontic treatment and consider braces, whether you’re 35 years old or over. You can have braces treatment at any age and it’s increasingly getting more common to see adults patients wearing braces than it was even a decade ago!

Straight teeth are not everything

The assumption is that brace are all about giving patients perfectly straight teeth. Though this is one of the main aims of wearing them, it is not the only objective. Dental braces achieve a lot more. Crooked teeth are one of the top reasons why you should consider having braces as it is hard to brush and floss teeth that are not aligned and may therefore affect your dental health.

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Plaque and bacteria can often build up in these hard to reach spots, often leading to decay to your teeth. This is why, when a patient attends a consultation for braces, their orthodontist examines their mouth all kind of different issues. They will ask a lot of questions, but what they are trying to do is build up a comprehensive oral review.

You have to remember that the end goal is a healthier mouth and a much more beautiful smile. After a few months, you will barely even notice your braces at all that you will be wondering what all the fuss was about.

You can also find more information

on braces on our homepage– https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/orthodontist-teeth-straightening-london-waterloo/

When to consider orthodontic treatment for adults

As you get older, you will start to lose collagen, this in turn affects the skin and leads to reduced volume and hollowness in the face. But, it also affects the mouth by making your lower teeth more visible with age. Additionally, it can also cause the teeth to move and become loose or crooked. Getting braces after 35 will help you fix your crooked teeth or if the previously straightened teeth returned to their original positions. You should consider orthodontic braces treatment if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Speech Issues
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Bite problems
  • If food often gets stuck between the gaps in your teeth
  • Swollen Gums

Complex cases take longer

Every case is different; however, some orthodontic braces treatments are easier than others. The minimum time to wear brace can be as short as a few months to fix a simple problem such as a crooked tooth or spacing issue to longer as some adults have more complex cases with many problems to treat. Adult patients are very often surprised to find out that braces treatment can not only fix crooked teeth, but also correct related dental issues such as gum and bone loss, abnormal wearing off of enamel, jaw pain, headaches and even tooth decay. Complex cases can take 36 months or longer for all teeth to be in the desired position.

You can have braces at any age

There is no age limit for this kind of corrective treatment, so don’t be put off by the stereotypes. You can use brace to correct misaligned teeth at any age, just so long as your teeth and gums are reasonably strong and healthy. Here at Whites Dental, we like to believe you are never too old to have dental care of any kind. In fact, dental care becomes even more vital as you age. Teeth naturally move over time as you lose teeth or enamel starts to wear away, and the arch that is naturally formed by your teeth starts to tilt. This tilting often creates food traps and crowding, and at the same time, the natural cleaning process of your teeth is hindered. In our opinion, it’s never too late to get braces. However, the particular considerations of your case are unique to you, and we encourage you to see both a general dental practitioner and also an orthodontist to help guide you in making the right decision for you. You’ll need a full set of X-rays, and your orthodontist may need to take some special X-rays to determine whether orthodontics will work and how long the process should take.

Orthodontic braces & Invisalign in London Waterloo

You have to remember that the end goal is a healthier mouth and a much more beautiful smile. After a few months, you will barely even notice your braces at all that you will be wondering what all the fuss was about.

There are many new techniques in orthodontics, including Invisalign, which may be able to help you without requiring you to wear fixed braces on your teeth.

You can also find more information

on braces on our homepage– https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/orthodontist-teeth-straightening-london-waterloo/

At Whites Dental we have some of the leading orthodontic dentists in London Bridge, who provide fixed braces, Damon bracesSix month smiles and Invisalign braces to patients near us in Elephant and Castle, London Bridge, Southwark and London Waterloo.

Our webpage provides information on whether being 35 is too old for braces.If you fancy a walk then we are a 10 minutes’ walking distance from London Bridge, Elephant and Castle tube station and Borough Market and 5 minutes’ walking distance from Blackfriars and Southbank stations.