Being an adult has a lot of perks – but it also means there are certain things you can no longer do (think running around naked or wearing a princess costume all day!). And you may think that getting cosmetic dentistry as an older person is one of them.
However, you’d be wrong about that one. While you can no longer run around naked without getting arrested, it’s never too late for adults to consider cosmetic dental treatment.
What’s holding you back from adult cosmetic treatment?
Many adults, who may have put up with dental problems all their lives, have a wealth of excuses for not dealing with their problems.
Here are some of the reasons (or excuses) you may be telling yourself:
- It’s too late to change it now and there’s no point bothering.
- It’s selfish and vain to waste money on a cosmetic treatment for myself, especially when my children seem to drain all my income.
- I may not get enough use out of the procedure at my age.
- I’m not sure it will be worthwhile.
- Braces are for teenagers and I’d look silly wearing them as an adult.
- My body might not cope with the procedure as easily as a younger person might.
- I have to worry about everyone else before I can worry about myself (conditioned to put yourself last).
While these excuses may seem valid, you shouldn’t let them hold you back from seeking cosmetic dental treatment if you think it’s something you might benefit from. There’s really no reason you can’t have cosmetic treatment at any age – it’s not just for teenagers! There’s a growing trend of adults undergoing cosmetic dental treatments these days and discovering the life-changing benefits this can bring. You are never too old to have a great smile and to experience all the benefits cosmetic dentistry can bring – truly.
It’s never too late
Patients of any age can benefit from any or all cosmetic dental treatments, such as:
- Braces or orthodontics
- Gum lifts
- Teeth whitening
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The fact is no age is too old for cosmetic dentistry. If you can afford the treatments, there’s no reason to suffer unnecessarily from dental problems and a lack of confidence.
You’re not being selfish or vain
You can’t underestimate the importance of confidence in your quality of life. If you’re embarrassed to show your smile, this can really dent your confidence and stop you showing people your best side. Smiling confidently makes people perceive you as more approachable, friendly, trustworthy and confident – valuable attributes when it comes to a job interview, a first date, an important meeting or even a night out with friends. When unsightly teeth prevent you from smiling, this can have a negative impact on your career, your achievements, your social life and even your mood.
You want the best for your children or family – why can’t you have access to the best too? You’re just as important as they are. Think of your cosmetic treatment as in investment in your health and happiness – and a healthier, happier you will benefit your family too. And you’ll be setting a good example for your family about how to look after yourself at any age.
You will get use out of the procedure
You don’t know how much longer you – or anyone else – has left to live. Even if you’re in your 90s, you might still get a good few years out of your cosmetic procedure – and isn’t it worth it to be able to experience those years happily, healthily and confidently?
Any age can wear braces
If you’ve been putting up with crooked or crowded teeth and dream about having a straight, confident smile, braces are a great option even if you’re older. It’s a common misconception that braces are not as effective on adult teeth, as adult teeth will not move as easily as those of a teenager. While children and teenagers have more responsive physiology, this will not affect the performance of orthodontic treatment for adults. Adults can benefit from braces just as much as teenagers. The only difference is the length of time needed to achieve the same results for adults. Both adults and teenagers can achieve their desired outcome – a better smile – with braces, but it will just take longer for the adult.
And if you’re worried about displaying a mouth full of unsightly metal, you can put that fear to rest. Nowadays you can get clear braces such as ClearCorrect, which will discreetly shift your teeth into their proper alignment – and are barely visible to others. You’re never too old to straighten up, provided your teeth are healthy and strong and you have good oral health. Current figures show that nearly 20% of people who wear braces are adults – so you’re in good company. Advancements in modern orthodontics have made braces a comfortable, appealing and affordable choice for adults as well as children.
And adults may even have an advantage, as they tend to be more responsible and more likely to comply with the conditions concerning their cosmetic treatment, and to look after their dental health better afterwards.
Your body will certainly cope with the procedures
Modern cosmetic dentistry is making all kinds of treatments quicker and easier to deal with, and cosmetic treatments are no exception. You shouldn’t suffer too much pain, discomfort or stress with any cosmetic treatment, and people of all ages are able to cope comfortably with these treatments.
Cosmetic procedures may even benefit your body. Natural changes to your mouth and jaw as you grow older means that your teeth can move, and your mouth can become more crowded. This can lead to dental problems and health issues over time, such as being unable to properly chew food, jaw pain, headaches and unintentionally biting your cheek or tongue. Cosmetic procedures can alleviate some of these problems, so are well worth considering for more than just cosmetic purposes.
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There are other benefits to cosmetic dentistry
As well as improving the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry can provide a whole range of other benefits, including making cleaning easier, reducing grinding, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and improving tooth damage, all of which benefit your dental health.
So categorically, the answer is no. It’s never too late to consider getting some form of cosmetic dentistry. Don’t let anything – be it excuses, or fear – hold you back from achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. It really is never too late to invest in your health and happiness with cosmetic dental treatments.
If you’d like to speak to someone about your cosmetic dental options, contact Lentini Dental here.