Am I too old for braces?

I think this is one of the most frequently asked question EVER. I know people who could afford orthodontic treatment and still they are scared since they are convinced they are too old for this. WRONG! You can wear braces at any age, as long as you still have your teeth in place.

I am 30 this year, was 28 and a half when I started my treatment. For a kid or a teenager this treatment is easier since there are more chances of being able to straighten the teeth without extractions. For a kid an expander can be used and this will widen the arch so that the teeth can align (if he/she has a small “mouth” and large teeth, as in my case for instance). For a 30 year old such as I am, this cannot be done since my bones are formed and there can’t be changes. But still with premolar extractions I now have enough space for my teeth to align and, in the end, my teeth will look PERFECT and no one would be able to notice I had extractions.

I had the huge chance of personally meeting Jochen Meirowski (one of the representatives from Invisalign) and he told me an almost unbelievable story of their oldest patient:

You know, we had an old lady come to our clinic. She was over 80 years old, with her teeth in place. She told us she is a widow (her husband died some years ago), but she is ready to start a new life. She’s getting married and going on a cruise, but she’d also like to solve her teeth problem. She wants them straight, so we gave her Invisalign.

So, to conclude: NO, you are not too old for braces. I was able to read some excellent stories from people who are 40 or 50 and have now some great smiles because of braces. You need to want to make this change and you’ll be able to see some amazing results.

About dojo

My name is Ramona Iftode, I am a web designer who is still undergoing orthodontics treatment. I have created Orthodontics Today to share some of the things I learned. I also blog and take lots of travel pictures.

4 Responses to Am I too old for braces?

  1. We have two patients in our practice that are undergoing Invisalign treatment to straithen their teeth. They are both healthy and active individuals. One never had the chace of getting orthodontic treatment when she was young and she always wanted to have straight teeth. Now with Invisalign, her dream can come true.
    The other lady is developing some wear on her teeth due to her bite being off, she is getting Invisalign treatment to straighten her teeth and bite. She loves the Invsialign because it does not interfer with her active lifestyle and look at age 82.

    Dr. David Shen

  2. Vancouver Granny says:

    Hello, all you young people–
    I am 71 years old and about to start with Invisalign. Why? I don’t particularly care what I look like, but my bite has shifted such that I am unable to chew my food properly on my back teeth because of the overbite on my front ones. There is a choke hazard in swallowing food which is not fully chewed, so I have no alternative but to get my bite corrected at this advanced age. I wish a dentist had told me years ago that having an improper bite would lead to any number of dental problems down the line. I should have had this correction done when I was much younger, but it’s a case of ‘better late than never.’

  3. lefti10 says:

    I am 51 and having braces put on Feb 22nd. I’m am absolutely excited and have no doubts it is the right decision!

  4. dojo says:

    It is the right decision and I commend you for doing this even at this age. Can’t wait to hear how it all goes. Congratulations and best of luck :)

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