Am I Too Old to See an Orthodontist?

Am I Too Old to See an Orthodontist?
Posted on 02/09/2017

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Many adults feel overwhelmed by the thought of having to undergo orthodontic treatment. But the truth is that adult orthodontics is very common. But an orthodontist like Dr. Pritchard at Pritchard Orthodontics in the Vancouver, WA area knows no age limit. In fact, statistics have shown that one-in-five patients receiving orthodontic treatment is over 21 years old!

Why You Should Still See an Orthodontist as an Adult

  1. Teeth shift over time: If you had braces as a kid and you find that now, as an adult, you need them again, that’s because your teeth shift as you get older, and some people’s teeth move faster and/or more than others. You may be experiencing discomfort caused by a malocclusion, don’t like the look of their misaligned teeth, or want straighter teeth for a new you. Dr. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics can help.

  2. There are many available treatment options: Many adults shy away from orthodontic treatment for fear of how they might look while wearing traditional braces during treatment. Adults often associate the idea of braces with traditional metal appliances; the ones that come with awkward adolescent memories. Pritchard Orthodontics offers a variety of less obvious and more fashionable orthodontic treatment options than metal braces in the Vancouver, WA area. These include Invisalign - the clear plastic aligners - and ceramic braces (similar to traditional braces, though clearer and less visible). These two alternatives take the “awkward teenager” concept out of braces and put the “glowing smile” back in.

  3. The cost hasn’t changed much: Cost is important to consider. Depending on how intensive the treatment needs to be, the cost of orthodontic treatment will vary. Each type of braces has its benefits and each has its price range. For example, traditional metal braces might be a little cheaper, but Invisalign clear aligners may be more comfortable but a little more expensive. Only an orthodontist like Dr. Pritchard can determine an exact cost of Invisalign treatment, but you can take a look at this Invisalign Cost Calculator to get a good idea of how much your treatment might cost. At Pritchard Orthodontics we can create a flexible plan that works for you and your insurance company to ensure an affordable orthodontic treatment.

  4. Many orthodontists offer a free consultation: Many orthodontists today offer a free consultation to determine your treatment options, costs, and length of treatment. Pritchard Orthodontics consultations include photographs, a medical history review, and a panoramic X-ray that gives a full-mouth view.

  5. Braces can build your confidence: How many times have you been told to “dress to impress” for a job interview, a date, or a social event? Dressing your best means sporting your best accessory; your smile. That age-old saying “When you look good, you feel good.” certainly includes the appearance of your smile. A perfect smile can change everything about your look, boosting your confidence and even brightening your future. Dr. Pritchard can help you get your perfect smile around Vancouver, WA. Orthodontics, like braces, will straighten your teeth, realign your smile, improve your bite, and enhance your smile.

If you’re an adult looking to restore your smile, but think you’re too old to visit an orthodontist, consider a consultation with Dr. Pritchard at Pritchard Orthodontics in the Vancouver area. To schedule a consultation with us, contact Pritchard Orthodontics today at: 360-667-4111


Dr. Pritchard is the expert orthodontist of at Pritchard Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Hockinson, WA, Amboy, WA, Brush Prairie, WA, Yacolt, WA, Vancouver, WA, or Battle Ground, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pritchard contact Pritchard Orthodontics at: 360-667-4111