"I was born in a time when it wasn't as obvious as it is now to take braces," or "I didn't want braces in my adolescence." to hear. People at this age are often very motivated for orthodontics. My oldest patient with braces was sixty-eight. A cheerful, youthful lady who said: "I have walked with this bite for fifty years, it is high time for something else!" What I want to say is that you are never too old for braces. And are you afraid of reactions from your environment? That is also unnecessary, while others often respond enthusiastically and positively: "I didn't know it was possible!"
It is therefore also possible for a minister who stands on the pulpit with a fixed bracket with blue rubber bands, as in our practice. Fortunately, nothing is too crazy in this area at this time.
In adulthood, a fixed bracket will usually be chosen in the upper and lower jaw. Because all teeth keep each other in balance and "have to do with each other", it is often not possible to treat just one jaw. On average, orthodontic treatment for adults takes a year or two. After those two years, permanent retention will almost always be applied to prevent the teeth from returning to the old position. Straightening is usually not the problem, keeping it straight is the art. Retention, keeping the teeth and molars in place, can consist of a night bracket, a plastic retainer or a thread stuck behind the teeth.