Braces and age-related questions are very common as people believe that medical procedures are categorized according to age groups and their outcomes vary accordingly. However, when it comes to dental procedures, age is not the sole consideration as people might feel the urge for better oral hygiene or the need to cure a pending oral problem at later ages or as per convenience of their schedule. Common dental problems that are left untreated until they become unbearable or pose serious health risk include crooked teeth, over-bite, under-bite, gaps between the teeth, over-crowding etc. All these problems may not have an immediate effect on the overall health but if left uncured for long they might post serious risk to heart health. Yes! According to various researches done worldwide, it has been proven that improper oral hygiene is related to cardiovascular diseases.

So, if you are asking ‘can I put braces at the age of 35?’ We would say it’s highly recommended as age is just a number while health is wealth. Braces are advised for any age group with healthy permanent teeth for treating misaligned teeth. In medical terms the misaligned teeth are known as malocclusions. Malocclusion or misaligned teeth is generally caused when the jaw is smaller and the teeth are bigger in size. Therefore, to make space for themselves in a comparatively smaller area as to what is required for proper alignment, teeth tend to arrange themselves in crowded manner. The crowding leads to bite problems like over-bite, under-bite and open-bite.

Malocclusions can be classified into three types; Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. The most common type of malocclusion condition in India is the Class 1 malocclusion.

Class 1 malocclusion the upper and lower molars are correctly positioned while other teeth maybe misaligned. Conditions like overlapping teeth, teeth gaps, over-crowding, rotated teeth, open bite or asymmetrical teeth fall under Class 1 malocclusion.

Class 2 malocclusion is the condition the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth slightly. This is also called as an over-bite dental condition. The upper jaw seems to be protruding forward.

Class 3 malocclusion is the teeth condition where the lower jaw teeth are protruding forward causing the upper jaw and teeth to rest on the lower jaw. This overlapping of lower jaw teeth and upper jaw teeth is also termed as under-bite.

To correct malocclusions patients are advised to go for braces treatment. Again if you are wondering ‘can I put braces at the age of 35? ‘And which type of malocclusion are corrected through braces than the answer is all type of malocclusion cases can be treated through braces effectively except in skeletal malocclusions where surgery is advised. Analyzing the teeth condition of the patient the dentist might offer different type of braces for treatment.

Types of braces that are advised by orthodontist to treat malocclusion are listed below:

    Metal braces: 

    Whether you are a kid, a teenager or in your 30’s, the most effective and trusted braces for treating misaligned teeth are the traditional metal braces. They are highly recommended for complex dental conditions like severe over-crowding or prominent teeth gaps. It might take 12-24 months or more to correct the teeth positioning. However, the traditional metal braces are painful and aesthetically unpleasant and time consuming which is making them less popular in recent times.

    Ceramic braces:

    They offer an alternative to aesthetically unpleasant metal braces as they are tooth colored braces and hence, less visible. They are expensive as compared to traditional braces but saves the patient from getting conscious of their looks while undergoing the treatment. The major drawback of ceramic braces is that they can cause tooth staining. The wire used in the ceramic braces is also metal.

    Lingual Braces: 

    They too offer a discreet treatment for misaligned teeth but unlike metal braces, they do not show when the person smiles or talks. The fact that the lingual braces have the wires and brackets installed on the inside of the teeth, they aren’t visible, but they are definitely uncomfortable and expensive too. They cause frequent tongue ulcerations due to constant friction with the tongue while speaking.

    Clear braces:

    Clear braces or clear aligners offer a highly discreet treatment for misaligned teeth. They are nearly invisible as they are made from high grade medical polymer. Each tray for upper jaw and lower jaw is custom designed for each patient. These trays are colorless as well as provide a snug-fit for the teeth making them highly comfortable and painless. They are the latest teeth straightening surgery specially formulated to treat class 1 and a few class 2 malocclusion cases, the highest case-type in India. They are highly effective for treating simple to moderate teeth alignment cases at any age. Unlike metal, ceramic or lingual braces, clear braces are removable, painless and invisible making them the most popular teeth alignment solution of modern times.

    We hope through this article we have clarified your ‘can I put braces at the age of 35?’ doubt and also provided you braces options that you can choose from according your budget and lifestyle convenience.