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While the word “braces” conjures up images of the awkward years in junior high and high school the simple fact of the matter is that braces are not just for teenagers anymore. Adults whose families may not have been able to afford braces, or did not have access to orthodontics when they were younger, are looking at ways of straightening their teeth. The field of orthodontics has grown over the years, and if you are thinking about a procedure, you should make time to talk with our orthodontist, Dr. Peggy Lovecchio about your options.

A discussion with the doctor is important since there are factors that affect adults that may not be an issue for younger people. For example, your jaws continue to grow until around the age of 20. Your bones have also hardened and because of these conditions, it may take longer for your teeth to move into alignment. Additionally, as an adult, you may not have enough bone mass between your teeth to provide the needed blood flow, and you may have gingivitis or other conditions that need to be addressed before you get your braces. If you have had teeth extracted, those spaces may not be suitable for new positions for your teeth.

None of these factors mean that you should not get braces or other orthodontic work. But you should talk with your orthodontist about all of your options before making a decision. If you live in the Roanoke, Virginia, area and would like to schedule an exam and a consultation at Love Family Dentistry, call 540-904-2300 today. We’re excited to help you get the smile you deserve!