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Are You Too Young or Too Old for Braces?

August 1, 2015

Have you ever seen an adult with braces? If you have, chances are you can think of that person immediately because their braces stood out at their age. On the other hand, if you’ve ever seen a kid wearing orthodontic gear that’s visible, you’ll likely remember that, too.

Our society has associated orthodontic care with teenagers, and for good reason. It’s almost a rite of passage for many teens, a normal part of the teenage years. But that doesn’t mean that orthodontic care is pointless for children or adults. Far from it! At Orthodontic Affiliates in Northwest Indiana, Dr. Schmidt offers care for all ages, because we believe that everyone deserves a straight, healthy, and beautiful smile!

Orthodontics for Kids

Before you think that we will just put braces on your child’s baby teeth, read on! Orthodontic care is more than just braces. With our preventive orthodontics, interceptive orthodontics, and facial orthopedics, we can help prevent your child from needing braces for as long, or even altogether, in many cases. You don’t need to wait until a problem arises. Our orthodontics for kids as early as age 7 can accomplish a great smile with less time, less money, and less stress:


A few treatments we do all the time to help this include:


Braces for Teens

Braces are popular for teenagers (or children starting around age 12) because at that point, most of their adult teeth have grown in. Also, their jaw is still developing, making it more responsive to treatment.

We have many options for teens needing braces, from simple cases to the most complex. Most teens get traditional wire braces, which straighten teeth and correct bite issues using the pressure from metal brackets and wires. Today’s braces are much more comfortable than those you might have seen kids wearing when you were younger. Even so, we do our best to make sure your teen’s treatments are as comfortable as possible.

Some of the things our teenage patients have told us they love about getting braces here include:



Are you too old for braces? It’s been estimated that around 20 percent of people wear braces as adults. As long as you have teeth and a healthy bone structure underneath, it’s not too late for you to get that straight smile you’ve always wanted! And if more people knew of the options adults have at Orthodontic Affiliates, they might think twice before dismissing braces altogether.

We take all of your hesitations about braces into consideration for treatments:


That’s why we offer the following adult braces options, which address different problems:


When you come in for a consultation, we’ll be able to provide a thorough examination to get the information we need about your bite or your child’s bite. We can then help determine which options will give you the best smile possible. Contact us today for straight, beautiful teeth, no matter your age!

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