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I am 58. My dentist tells me my bones are too hard
for orthodontics. My bottom front teeth are thinning
the top in a couple places. My old dentist ground the
bottoms down and put compound on them. This dentist
warns me that is a stop-gap measure and I will run out of
tooth eventually, and refers me to an occlusionist.

Am I too old to have just the front 4 bottom ones pulled back
some?

Answer
Generally speaking, there is no age limit for adult braces: I had mine at 53/54, my mother had hers at 68 (23 years ago!) and I've heard of patients in their 80s. I'm not an orthodontist, but I've been providing resource material on the subject for almost ten years; what I've heard is the critical factor is the health of your teeth and jaw. You say your dentist says your bones are too hard for orthodontics; I suggest you get second opinions from both another dentist (who isn't trying to sell you anything) and from two orthodontists. Reputable professionals will not put you in braces if they see an underlying problem such as severe osteoporosis but you need more information. Best wishes.

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Pamela Waterman

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I can supply tips, hints, recipes and resources about a braces-friendly lifestyle, for parents of children and teens in braces as well as for adults in braces. Although I am not a medical/dental professional, I have colleagues in the field and will do my best to point you to additional resources.

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I am the author of two specialty award-winning cookbooks of soft-food recipes and tips targeted to all ages of braces-wearers (including adults) and give workshops to dental hygienists to help them help their patients with this type of information. I have worn braces both as a teen and as an adult, and am from a family of three generations of braces patients. I regularly contribute information to the public website of the American Association of Orthodontists and Orthotown magazine.

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