Are you ever too old for braces? Not really. I am 53 years old, a dentist and have had fairly straight teeth. Recently, I chipped a lower front tooth from a problem I have with a bite that is not perfect. I have gotten along with my “malocclusion” until I chipped my tooth. I was also causing excessive wear on my lower front teeth. So after my tooth chipped, I decided it was time to straighten out my bite.
To be very honest with you, I hate them more than I could ever have imagined. My teeth hurt, I can’t chew or bite on my front teeth. My teeth ache for weeks ever time a new wire is replaced. I can’t brush or floss my teeth very well. The soft tissue inside my mouth feels like a piece of shredded leather. Other than these minor problems, the braces are fine.
The alternative was a slow process of destroying my teeth. I will recommend braces to children and adults when I know that ignoring the problem will cause damage to the teeth,gums and general health.
In my next posts, I will discuss some of the other benefits of orthodontic treatment including the harms of mouth breathing and how braces can sometimes help.
I will always tell you the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.