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I am 38 years old and embarrassed by my teeth

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on February 1, 2010

I am 38 years old and embarrassed by my teeth. My upper cuspid is a snaggletooth and all of my lower teeth are out of alignment. I would like to get braces to correct the problems. What type of braces do most adults get?

I’m sorry to hear that you feel embarrassed about your teeth. I feel brace treatment would definitely help and treat your concerns. Braces are able to straighten teeth and can be either fixed braces or removable braces like Invisalign. The type of fixed brace you have is not dependent on chronological age. All types of braces are likely to be suitable for you.

You do not have to wear a mouth full of metal; modern fixed braces have clear brackets or are called ceramic braces. These brackets are transparent and blend in with your tooth enamel and so it is less noticeable that you are wearing fixed braces.

Damon braces are also called self-ligating braces and can provide slightly faster treatment. Also with Damon braces your regular brace adjustment visits can be every 8-10 weeks, which is an important factor for a number of our adult orthodontic patients. You don’t need to take so much time out of your normal routines to come and see us.

If the appearance is the most important factor, there is only one brace I would recommend which is the lingual Incognito brace. It’s all fitted on the inside, so no-one can see you are wearing braces. All our lingual brace patients are extremely happy because the lingual braces are invisible braces. Invisalign is a great choice if you want to wear something removable and if your teeth are suitable. There are cases when Invisalign may not produce as good a result as fixed braces but every case is different. Whichever option you decide to go for, after your brace treatment you’ll have a very happy and confident smile.

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