Am I Too Old For Braces?

If you’re like most people, the first thing you think of when someone mentions orthodontics is a teenager in metal braces. While it’s true that many orthodontic patients are teens, treatment can actually have a multitude of benefits for patients of all ages, including adults! In fact, about 1 in every 5 current orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. 

If you’ve spent years feeling unsatisfied with how your teeth look and feel, now is a great time to explore how orthodontics can help you achieve the healthier, straighter smile you’ve been dreaming of. Here at Buttram Orthodontics, we offer a variety of treatment options to correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and more. You’re never too old to improve your oral health! To find out more about what orthodontics really is and how it can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, keep reading below. 

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty under the umbrella of dentistry. An orthodontist is a dentist who has received additional education and specialized training in identifying and correcting bite abnormalities. This gives them the skill and expertise necessary to successfully straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaws, and improve the overall function of the mouth.

Generally speaking, orthodontists focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. When these kinds of issues are left untreated, they can get worse over time. The resulting wear and tear on the teeth, gum tissue and bone may cause pain in the face and neck, headaches, and even difficulties with chewing or speaking. An experienced orthodontist like Dr. Buttram will be able to diagnose and treat these issues, improving both the function and appearance of your smile!

Why more adults are choosing orthodontic treatment

As we get older, we often begin to understand a bit more about the many ways that our oral health is linked to our total body health. For some people, this knowledge leads them to take action by seeking dental or orthodontic treatment that will help them to better care for their teeth and gums.

We also see a number of adult patients who received orthodontic treatment earlier in life that was never completed. Touch-up treatment is also common, since teeth that were straightened in a patient’s younger years may shift over time due to age, genetics, or improper retainer use. In these cases, we’re able to monitor the teeth, provide new retainers, or retreat with braces or aligners. 

Some adults have never had treatment before, and are simply looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile. The resulting boost in confidence and self-esteem can positively impact many areas of a person’s life, both professionally and personally. 


Orthodontic options for adult patients

Whatever your reason for seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you have more options than ever before! Our expert team is proud to offer the following treatments for a total smile makeover.

Metal Braces 

Today’s metal braces are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires with connecting rubber bands, all of which apply a gentle pressure that gradually moves your teeth into a straighter position. This treatment method has proven to be reliable and effective for decades, and nowadays metal braces are much more comfortable than they used to be!

Ceramic Braces  

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces because they use brackets and metal wires that adjust your teeth over time to their prescribed position. However, ceramic and clear braces are exceptionally inconspicuous because the brackets are basically the same color as your teeth!

These braces are ideal for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns but are looking to go the more traditional bracket-and-wire route. For you, this means fewer appointments and less friction on your tooth.

Invisalign clear aligner therapy

The Invisalign system consists of clear, removable aligners that are customized to fit comfortably over the teeth. Like braces, the aligners gently move the teeth into the desired positions. This is accomplished by wearing them 20-22 hours per day throughout the course of treatment, and replacing them every 1-2 weeks for the next aligner in the system. 

Invisalign offers patients more freedom and flexibility that traditional braces just can’t beat! There are no food restrictions since aligners are removed when eating or drinking. They also make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy since you don’t have to work around wires and brackets, and can simply brush and floss the way you normally would.


Get the smile you deserve with Buttram Orthodontics

Not every treatment method is suitable for all patients, and every orthodontic option will have its own list of pros and cons. That’s why it’s so important to choose an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Buttram! We don’t believe in the “one size fits all” treatment plan, so you can always trust that Buttram Orthodontics will recommend only the best treatment option for your unique needs. Dr. Buttram will build a personalized treatment plan for you based on your unique smile, lifestyle, and goals, giving you a positive orthodontic experience and superior results! 

Our talented team is committed to providing the latest in orthodontic techniques and technology for patients of all ages in Panama City and the surrounding communities. It’s our top priority to provide you with a rewarding and stress-free orthodontic journey from start to finish, and we always strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home. At Buttram Orthodontics you’re not just another face – you’re family!

It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Take the first step today by calling us to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Buttram.