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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.