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No. Your teeth will need to be clinically suitable for orthodontic treatment, but there’s no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment.
The length of your treatment will depend on how complex your problem is, but treatment times typically range between 6 and 24 months. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate estimate during your initial consultation.
You might find that you have a slight lisp just after your brace is fitted. However, your speech should quickly return to normal – and the more you practise speaking, the faster it will improve.
It might take you a few days to get used to your lingual brace and your tongue may feel a bit sore and irritated at first. Your orthodontist will be able to give you some wax that you can use to smooth any areas of your brace that are rubbing.
While clear aligners are discreet they are still visible, particularly if you need lots of attachments. Lingual braces, however, are placed behind your teeth so they’re essentially invisible.
To keep your teeth healthy during your orthodontic treatment it’s important to see your dentist for regular check-ups. You’ll also need to brush and floss carefully at least twice a day to keep the areas around your brace clean.
During your treatment you’ll need to avoid anything hard, chewy or crunchy that could potentially knock one of your brackets off or break an arch wire. Possible offenders include crusty bread, toffees, corn on the cob and apples. However, most things will be manageable if you cut them up into bite-sized pieces.
Your teeth should stay straight indefinitely with the help of fixed and/or removable retainers to hold your teeth in their new position. Most orthodontists will include retainers as part of your treatment but it’s always a good idea to discuss retention during your initial consultation.