Am I Too Old For Braces?

Our board-certified orthodontists—Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Harper—are here to address a question we often hear from adults: “Am I too old for braces?” From our Johnson City, TN, and Norton, VA, offices, our Sturgill Orthodontics team aims to dispel this myth and explore the range of adult orthodontic options available.

The Age Factor in Orthodontic Care

A prevalent misconception in orthodontics is that it’s a field exclusively catering to children and adolescents. This notion needs to be corrected. In recent years, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatments. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, about one in every five orthodontic patients is over 18. 

There are several compelling reasons for this trend. First, many adults are now financially able to afford orthodontic care, an opportunity they may not have had in their younger years. Second, advancements in orthodontic technology have made treatments more efficient and less conspicuous, making them increasingly appealing to an adult demographic. 

At Sturgill Orthodontics, we recognize that adults have unique needs and concerns regarding orthodontic care. Whether it’s the treatment duration, the braces’ visibility, or the flexibility of appointment schedules, Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Harper are well-equipped to address these considerations. 

Understanding that age is not a limiting factor for improving your dental health and aesthetics is crucial. Orthodontic treatment can be a viable option for adults of all ages, offering functional and cosmetic benefits. 

Orthodontic Solutions for Adults at Sturgill Orthodontics

Regarding adult orthodontic care, Sturgill Orthodontics offers diverse treatment options for various needs and preferences. Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Harper are proficient in providing customized treatment plans that align with your lifestyle and dental health goals.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are highly effective and cost-efficient for correcting dental issues. Modern metal braces are more compact and less noticeable than their older counterparts. The primary downside is their visibility, which some adults may find less appealing.

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

For those who seek a more discreet option, ceramic braces are an excellent choice. They merge well with the natural color of your teeth and offer the same level of effectiveness as metal braces. 

Lingual Braces (InBrace)

InBrace lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, making them completely invisible. They are effective for treating complex orthodontic issues. These braces can be more challenging to clean and may cause initial discomfort to the tongue.

Clear Aligners

Aligners offer the utmost discretion, as they are invisible and can be taken out for eating and cleaning. They are ideal for adults who prefer a more flexible treatment option. Invisalign requires high discipline. You will wear the aligners for about 20-22 hours each day. They may not be suitable for severe orthodontic issues.

Each treatment option has advantages and drawbacks, but the goal remains: providing you with a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Sturgill Orthodontics utilizes state-of-the-art technology, including digital scanners and low-dose digital X-rays. Technology like this allowed for precise diagnosis and better treatment planning.

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Why Opt for Sturgill Orthodontics for Adult Treatments

Proper orthodontic practice is crucial, especially for adults with specific needs and expectations. Sturgill Orthodontics stands out as a leading choice for several compelling reasons.

Firstly, our team of board-certified orthodontists—Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Harper—bring a wealth of experience and expertise. The American Dental Association states that less than 30% of orthodontists are board-certified. But with our team, you’ve got access to three different orthodontists who can make that claim. 

Secondly, Sturgill Orthodontics is at the forefront of orthodontic technology. Our practice also provides flexible financing options, making orthodontic care accessible to adults from various financial backgrounds.

Another distinguishing feature is our commitment to patient education. An informed patient is an empowered one. During your initial consultation, our orthodontists will discuss the treatment options in detail, helping you decide about your orthodontic care.

Our practice has multiple locations in Johnson City, TN, and Norton, VA, offering added convenience for adult patients with busy schedules.

Choosing Sturgill Orthodontics means opting for a practice that prioritizes your needs and well-being. We remain committed to helping you achieve a wonderful smile at any age.

Your Initial Consultation at Sturgill Orthodontics

The first visit to Sturgill Orthodontics sets the stage for your orthodontic journey. Our process is designed to be comprehensive and enlightening. You will leave our office knowing your treatment options and what to expect moving forward.

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by our courteous staff, who will assist you with any necessary paperwork. This initial documentation helps us gather essential information about your dental history and specific orthodontic needs. 

Following this, you’ll meet with Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, or Dr. Harper for a thorough examination. This examination often includes advanced diagnostic procedures such as digital impressions taken with our digital scanner and low-dose digital X-rays. These novel technologies allow for a more accurate diagnosis and facilitate the creation of a personalized treatment plan.

Our orthodontists will discuss the findings with you, outlining the recommended treatment options that best suit your needs and lifestyle. Whether you’re considering traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, or aligners, we’ll provide detailed explanations to help you make an informed decision.

The initial consultation is not just an assessment; it’s an educational experience. We encourage questions and are committed to ensuring you are fully informed and comfortable with the proposed treatment plan.

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Adult Braces At Sturgill Orthodontics

Age should not be a deterrent when considering orthodontic treatment. At Sturgill Orthodontics, with locations in Johnson City, TN, and Norton, VA, we offer a variety of solutions tailored to adults. Dr. Sturgill, Dr. Williams, and Dr. Harper intend to help you smile like never before. Ready to take the first step? Schedule your free consultation with us today.