A question that I get all the time is, “Aren’t I too old for braces?” It’s a totally valid question, but it’s based on old-fashioned stereotypes and attitudes regarding orthodontic treatment. You see it all the time: whether it’s in movies or on television, people undergoing orthodontic treatment are stereotypically depicted as being young, awkward, and wearing all kinds of unsightly metal contraptions that would make a medieval knight jealous. Well, the good news is that not only is it never too late to straighten your teeth, but there are more options than ever to do it in a discreet, convenient, and affordable way!

Without further ado, here are the top 5 things you need to know about adult braces!


1. You can have orthodontic treatment done at any age

Despite the old stereotypes and misconceptions, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth! To be a candidate for adult braces, all you need are healthy teeth and gums, and a desire to improve your smile and your bite. That’s it! While most of our orthodontic patients are children and teenagers, more and more adults are choosing to improve their smiles by choosing adult braces with an orthodontic specialist.


2.  More adults than ever are choosing to have their teeth straightened

Back in the old days, well over 90% of orthodontic patients were under the age of 18. Today, more adults than ever are choosing to straighten their teeth with adult braces, clear braces, and Invisalign. It’s estimated that over a third of orthodontic patients in 2017 are over the age of 18! Whether you’ve never had orthodontic treatment, or if you had treatment as a teenager and would like to touch up your smile, we have an option that will meet your needs!


3. It’s easy to be discreet while straightening your teeth with adult braces

Nowadays, there are more options than ever for getting the smile of your dreams! Gone are the days when unsightly metal braces and wires were the only option. Today, clear ceramic braces and Invisalign make it possible to achieve your smile goals without anyone noticing you’re doing it. Celebrities like Emma Watson, Tom Cruise, and Katy Perry all had braces during the heights of their careers, and they practically smile for a living! By consulting with a certified orthodontic specialist, you can see what your best option is for getting a beautiful smile while keeping a low profile.


4. It’s more convenient than ever to achieve your dream smile

We understand that as adults, life can get pretty hectic. Between work, commuting, running the kids around, grocery shopping, and going to the gym, it can feel like there simply are not enough hours in the day! The good news is that it’s easier than ever to get adult braces to straighten your teeth. Whether you choose clear braces or Invisalign, it’s possible to complete treatment quicker and more conveniently than ever! With advanced orthodontic technology, we can give you your dream smile with fewer office visits and far less discomfort than what was possible in the old days. Furthermore, at Paradigm we offer early morning, lunch time, and evening hours so you can get the smile you deserve, and still have time for everything else in your busy life!


5. You often don’t need to wear braces at all!

As an orthodontist, I am a specialist in moving teeth. That includes using traditional braces, but it also includes Invisalign! Invisalign allows you to straighten your smile by wearing a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners that are changed out weekly. Besides looking amazing, they are completely removable, so cleaning your teeth is a breeze. Also, unlike clear adult braces, there are virtually no dietary restrictions with Invisalign! The number of visits to our office is typically lower with our Invisalign patients, so it’s super convenient to boot.  It’s pretty obvious that the huge surge in adults undergoing orthodontic treatment is due largely in part to the popularity of Invisalign.


So as you can see, adult orthodontics is no big deal! To help you determine which option will best suite your particular needs, Paradigm Orthodontics offers complimentary exams and consultations. Please call our Halifax office at (902)406-2406, and visit us at https://www.paradigmsmile.com for more information, or to book an appointment.