I’m too old for metal braces, what’s the alternative?

I’m too old for metal braces, what’s the alternative?

Contrary to popular opinion, age is not a preventing factor when it comes to having orthodontic braces. At least, it is not a strong factor by itself. Therefore, you are never really too old for braces.

There are, however, other things that might pose problems and these correlate with age. These include gum problems as well as bone problems at the root level. Older people can also have gaps and severe misalignments between teeth that make braces difficult.

Fortunately, there are still other treatment options available. These are all quite flexible and use devices that will not disrupt your daily routine. Consider exploring these and don’t deny yourself the benefits of a straighter smile.

1. Clear Braces

A great example of clear braces is Invisalign. Unlike normal braces, clear braces are used as a set of varying aligners. Patients can also remove them fairly easily at the end of each day. Each tray in the set is generally worn for two weeks. The length of this program can vary depending on what you are trying to treat. However, they are capable of addressing everything from mild overbite to severely crooked teeth.

2. Removable appliances

These devices are not used as much as fixed wire braces. They are used for correcting minor misalignment of teeth often. Once Orthodontic treatment has been completed a removable appliance can be fitted to keep the teeth in position – this is termed a Retainer. Removable appliances are more ideal for those who only have mild problems with teeth position. If you feel that your teeth could simply need a little bit more staightening, then a removable appliance may be an option.

3. Headgear

Headgear consists of an elastic headpiece that is joined by a metal bow to the orthodontic braces in the mouth. It is often recommended for bigger misalignments, but it is not usually necessary to wear it at all times. Most orthodontists these days will recommend that headgear be worn only for a set number of hours. This usually leads to headgear being used while sleeping and you never have to worry about people seeing you wearing it.


Again, age is not a big factor, but there can still be other issues that you need to check to see if you are not dentally or medically fit to have braces. Consult with “Doc” Martin about any possible gum problems you might have or any bone complications that run in your family.

With Orthodontic treatment we are here to help you. It is always wise to consider costs and length of treatment. As with any dental problem, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to crooked teeth. Get a better understanding of what is wrong with your teeth by coming to see Martin who will refer you to the best specialist to deal with your needs. If necessary have more than one consultation with different Orthodontists to find the best solution that suits you as an individual.