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When we think of braces, we think of kids and teenagers with a mouthful of metal. We may think of braces as a part of those “awkward years.” But the truth of the matter is that braces can help straighten the smiles of people of all ages. As long as you have healthy teeth, you can talk our dentist, Dr. Sellke & Reily about braces.

But as an adult, you may face some things that will not be issues for younger people. Once you reach maturity, your jaws stop growing, which may mean it will take longer for the braces to change the alignment of your teeth. You may not have enough bone between your teeth to provide sufficient blood flow. There may not be enough room in your mouth for your teeth to move into their right position, and an extraction may be necessary. You may have issues with gum disease or previous extractions that might create some challenges for orthodontics.

It’s important to remember that when it comes to orthodontics, you have a number of choices and although traditional braces may not be right for you, other methods may work very well. If you would like to learn more about straightening your teeth and you live in the Grayslake, Antioch and Gurnee, Illinois, area and would like to make an appointment at Drs. Sellke & Reily, please call phone [today].