At the Grammy Awards earlier this year, country star Faith Hill turned heads when she revealed on the red carpet that she was wearing braces. Later that night, she tweeted special thanks to Dr. Robert Sims, the Nashville orthodontist who is treating her. In an interview with The Tennessean, Dr. Sims said that like Hill, many adults are choosing to have orthodontic braces and offered advice and facts for those considering having treatment.

Why are more adults getting braces?

Dr. Sims says that half of his adult patients had braces as a teen, but did not wear their retainers as long as they needed to. Others have always wanted braces to fix their smiles, and are now in a financial position where they can afford them. In addition, many older adults are choosing to have dental implants in conjunction with orthodontic work as an alternative to dentures.

Are adult teeth harder to adjust?

No, according to Dr. Sims. “Teeth are constantly adjusting as they are on a sea of bone, which causes shifting throughout a lifetime,” he said to the publication. “We can adjust teeth just as efficiently for a child as we can for an adult.”

Do adults have any options other than traditional metal braces?

It’s understandable that adults would be adverse to having the type of braces common among children and teens. Invisalign trays are almost invisible to the naked eye and are great for patients who don’t need major adjustments. Dr. Sims does note, however, that many of his patients don’t want to keep up with the changing of aligner trays and opt for clear braces instead.

Interested in Adult Braces?

If you’re interested in adult braces, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and her staff would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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