“I’m too old to have braces”…..Is a statement we hear quite too often in our office and at social gatherings. This could not have been further from the truth. Our  response has always been the same: With few restrictions, if you have teeth, you can have orthodontic treatment. In fact, interest in orthodontic treatment has significantly increased in recent years, with men and women alike. Aside from the obvious esthetic reasons and the amazing effect on confidence and self-esteem as the smile improves, dental professionals agree that straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain which improves the overall health of the mouth. Ultimately, the association between oral health and overall health is well established. Another reason for the increased interest is the fact that with today’s technology, many esthetic orthodontic products could be offered to address the typical adult concerns associated with metal braces. Clear braces, Inside braces (placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front), and Invisalign™ are to mention a few. Increased knowledge about such options is also helping patients who are seeking other dental treatments such as tooth replacement or tooth coverage ( crowns, bridges) to consider orthodontic treatment as a part of their treatment plan. Orthodontics, when needed, can set up the overall dentition for the proper placement of crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures which would not only improve the overall esthetics and health of the teeth and mouth but could also increase the longevity of the dental work .

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