While the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) strongly recommends that children have their first orthodontic screening before they reach age seven, there are many reasons why some people may be unable to have orthodontic treatment in childhood. Finances or lack of knowledge could prevent a person having an early intervention.
Having braces as a child is much easier than it is as an adult, but individuals over the age of 18 shouldn't feel as if they've missed the boat. In his "Ask Doctor K." column, Dr. Anthony Komaroff, a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School, recently answered a question from a working professional in her 40s who was afraid that she was too old for braces.
Dr. Komaroff answered the question by providing a story about one of his former patients. During her first appointment he noticed two things: Her very crooked teeth and her lack of confidence. At a later meeting, the patient told Dr. Komaroff that she had taken out a loan in order to pay for orthodontic treatment. The physician had concerns about the woman spending money on what he saw at the time as a cosmetic procedure, but kept his thoughts to himself.
"I didn't see her for two years," Dr. Komaroff wrote. "Then one day she reappeared. Gone was the awkward, shy young woman. 'So good to see you again, doctor,' she said, with a smile full of straight teeth. It was then I noticed something I'd missed before: She was transformed."
It's never too late to get the smile you've always wanted. The friendly staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists is here to answer any questions you may have about adult braces. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation!