Reasons for Seniors to Look Into Braces
Although teenage patients make up the majority of Dr. Chris Getman’s orthodontic practice, he says that young people aren’t the only ones who can achieve straighter, healthier looking smiles. At Getman Orthodontics in Cordova, TN, Dr. Getman offers Invisalign and traditional braces to patients of all ages – from pre-teens to senior citizens.
Dr. Getman has been noticing a trend for some time towards older patients who are interested in orthodontia. In fact, he recently worked with a 70-year-old patient who woke up one morning and decided that he was sick and tired of living with crooked teeth. Without wasting any time, the patient visited Dr. Getman’s practice and began the process of having braces put on.
As life expectancy increases, Dr. Getman expects this trend towards older patient seeking orthodontic treatments to continue as well. He says that many of the older patients he works with are simply tired of living with smiles they aren’t happy with.
Beyond the obvious reasons why most people want braces – namely, straighter teeth and healthier looking smiles – Dr. Getman explains that having teeth that are in proper alignment also makes it easier for elderly patients to keep their teeth nice and clean. When teeth are crooked and crowded, it can be difficult to get all the bacteria out with brushing and flossing alone. This is an issue for people at any age, but especially so for elderly patients who might have a harder time getting to the plaque and tartar that has built up in between their teeth.
By the time a person reaches 60 or 70 years of age, his or her teeth have already gone through years of wear and tear. For patients who may not have always kept up with their oral hygiene throughout the years, straightening out those teeth and making it easier to keep them clean is a great way to improve their overall oral health.
Although Dr. Getman does not have any type of maximum age cut-off for the orthodontic patients he works with, he does recommend that people who have had a lot of periodontal breakdown think long and hard about whether braces would be a good option for them. Patients who have had periodontal disease in the past may have loose teeth, lessening the chances of them being good candidates for traditional braces or Invisalign.
However, just because a patient has had gum disease does not automatically rule him out for orthodontic treatment. As long as a patient’s teeth are relatively healthy, then age should not be a factor when determining candidacy for braces. Dr. Getman recommends that anyone who is wondering if he or she would be a good candidate call Getman Orthodontics for a consultation. After all, it’s never too late to want straight teeth.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.