Am I too old to get braces?
Patients of all ages visit Marc Allen Orthodontics every day. In face, we pride ourselves on transforming adult smiles as well as teens.
Dr. Allen is continually learning the most progressive adult treatment options to create the best plan for your smile.
Feel free to call Dr. Allen’s office any time you have a question. We’ll be happy to help!
Questions About Adult Braces
Yes, they can.
One of the contributing factors to sleep apnea is the size of the airway. Lower jaw position influences the ease in which air flows into the throat.
By correcting the relationship between upper and lower teeth, the jaw can often be repositioned into its correct place without surgery.
There are also surgical options available which provide for predictable decrease in episodes and snoring.
Yes. Smiles can be widened even in the adult mouth.
Smiles where teeth were previously extracted can also be made wider without surgery.
Yes. Any compromises associated with only treating the top or the bottom will be thoroughly explained so you can make an educated decision.
Invisalign is often a great option for single arch treatment.
Treatment times for adult braces are nearly the same as a teenager. Sometimes they can even be faster because we are often working with fewer teeth in older patients.
In general, yes.
Bone density does change over time, but most teeth will still move to better occlusal designs.
Medications can interfere with your dental work, so be sure to let us know about any prescriptions so we can plan accordingly.
Dr. Allen is one of only three orthodontists in North Carolina that have completed an extra two years of training specifically for adult orthodontic treatment. That’s 2 years beyond the doctorate, masters, and residency level.
At the Roth/Williams International Center of Functional Occlusion, he focused on management of the temporomandibular joint, the stabilization of deranged joints, functional arrangement of the severely worn dentition, and the reproducibility of joint position relative to occlusion.
Today, he continues to study with the Spear Continuing Education Center and others in periodontics and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Allen is also in his 14th year as the orthodontist for one of the country’s leading study groups, as recognized by The Spear Center leaders. Located in Charlotte, the group includes some of the area’s leading Dentists, Periodontists, and Surgeons.
Whew! That’s a lot of big words! But, Dr. Allen knows them inside and out to ensure your adult orthodontic treatment is done right.