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What Age is Too Old to Get Braces?

Usually, people get braces when they are in their teens. But quite a few adults are now getting braces and for a very good reason. In the professional world, a beautiful smile can go a long way toward making people feel more confident in you. People with great looking smiles often have a more positive attitude. They feel better about their appearance. It’s easier for them to speak to strangers.

Often when we have crooked teeth or other issues, we’re self-conscious. We may feel like covering up our mouth and not giving people our best smile. It’s worth it to go ahead and see the orthodontist. Get some ideas on ways to improve your smile.

Braces can usually be a great solution for those with spaces in their teeth or crooked teeth. It can take anywhere from one year to two years to get results and that’s a general number. The cost can vary depending on what type of braces you get. Traditional metal braces are the most economical and you might be able to get those for around $5,000.

These days, people like Invisalign because it is easy to wear and doesn’t seem so noticeable. It is a bit more expensive. Expect to pay around $8,000 and again, that’s a general number. Your circumstances and specific needs will affect the price. You may only have a few adjustments that need to be made. Or you might have an overbite or a mouthful of crooked teeth.

Whatever your situation or personal wishes, see an orthodontist. It’s usually not expensive to come in for a consultation. The doctor will Xray your mouth and talk to you about what you’d like to do. They can usually give you a fairly close estimate of the cost. The cost of braces can be covered using a medical savings account or HSA. Simply put enough money in there for the year to cover the full cost and then you’ll be saving a bit since these types of accounts are tax free. Be sure to ask if the funds roll over to the following year if they go unused.

In some cases, you will need to spend the amount in the HSA for that year. These accounts can be used by anyone in the family. So all medical and/or dental expenses could be covered by this account which would be highly convenient and economical.


Great dental care for your family is so important. Normally, the quicker you get in to see a dentist or orthodontist, the better. Problems that go unchecked will only get worse and that includes crooked teeth. Dr. Mark Rashidi at Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics would love to speak to you about improving your smile!

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"We love all the staff at Dr. Rashidi's office. They are all so friendly and nice to us every time we come in. Thank you for all you do!!!"

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