Am I Too Old For Braces?

Welcome to Manzella Orthodontics, located in West Seneca, NY, where Dr. Kevin Manzella and our dedicated team of specialists are committed to giving you the smile you deserve! Adults often ask, “Am I too old to straighten my teeth?” We’ll answer that question here and explore the options available for adults seeking orthodontic treatment.


Age Is Not a Barrier

One of the most common myths about orthodontic treatment is that it’s only for kids or teenagers. This couldn’t be further from the truth! There’s no age limit for achieving a healthy, confident smile. Whether in your 30s, 40s, or 50s plus, it’s never too late to consider orthodontic treatment. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists indicates that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. That’s right—20% of people seeking a better smile are adults like you.

So why are more adults opting for orthodontic treatment? For starters, many didn’t have the opportunity to get treatment (for any number of reasons) when they were younger. Now, as adults, they’re investing in their smiles and, by extension, their confidence, health, and overall well-being. Some adults who had treatment in childhood may have noticed their teeth shifting with age. Shifting is totally normal, especially if you didn’t wear your retainer, and can be easily, and often quickly, corrected!

Another reason is the advancement in orthodontic technology. Gone are the days of bulky, unsightly metal brackets being the only way to align your teeth.

Last, but not least, let’s review some health benefits of aligning your teeth. What’s an easy way to improve your oral health? Straighten your teeth! They’ll be much easier to clean. An aligned smile also plays a role in alleviating issues like jaw pain, chipped teeth, and difficulty chewing or biting. 

So, if you’ve been holding back from straightening your smile because you think you’re “too old,” it’s time to think again. Age is just a number, especially when achieving a healthier, more confident smile.


Treatment Options for Adults

Manzella Orthodontics offers a range of custom treatment options designed to fit your lifestyle and needs!


Metal Braces

Pros: Metal braces are a tried-and-true method that’s highly effective for correcting even the most complex dental issues. They’re also the most budget-friendly option.

Cons: The downside is their visibility. However, modern metal braces are smaller and less noticeable than their predecessors.


Ceramic Braces

Pros: Ceramic braces are an excellent choice if you’re looking for something less visible. They blend in with your teeth’s natural color, making them less noticeable.

Cons: While they’re as effective as metal braces, they are a bit more expensive and can easily stain if not properly cared for.


Spark Clear Aligners

Pros: Spark clear aligners offer the most discreet option for those who prioritize aesthetics. They’re virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning.

Cons: They require high discipline to wear them the recommended 20-22 hours per day. They may not be suitable for more complex orthodontic issues.



While not a treatment on their own, retainers should always be used after orthodontic treatment to maintain your gorgeous new smile for the rest of your life! Retainers can be removable or fixed and are custom-made to fit your mouth. Don’t forget to order a new retainer, or just keep a spare set, in case yours becomes a little icky or gets lost.

Each option has its own advantages, but the goal is the same: to give you a smile you can be proud of. Dr. Manzella and the team at Manzella Orthodontics will work with you to determine the best treatment for your needs.


Am I Too Old For Braces?

Choosing Manzella Orthodontics for Adult Treatment

Put your smile in the hands of a specialist. The Manzella Orthodontics team has decades of experience treating adult patients and addressing their unique concerns and needs.

One of the standout features of Manzella Orthodontics is the variety of custom treatment options we offer our patients. From traditional metal braces to ceramic braces and clear aligners, we have something to fit every lifestyle and budget. Our team will work closely with you to determine the most effective and comfortable treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.\

Manzella Orthodontics is committed to using only the latest and best technology available to deliver your new smile. Our practice employs state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure that your treatment is as efficient and comfortable as possible. This includes digital impressions, 3D printing, and our Grin Monitoring system to drastically reduce your number of in-office visits.

But it’s not just about the technology and options; it’s about the care you receive. At Manzella Orthodontics, you’re not just another patient but part of our family. We’re dedicated to providing exceptional care every step of the way, from your first consultation to the day you unveil your new smile.

Choosing Manzella Orthodontics means choosing a practice that puts you first. We’re here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.


What to Expect on Your First Visit

Your first visit to Manzella Orthodontics is essential for a better smile. We’ve designed the process to be as informative and stress-free as possible. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our friendly team, who will show you around the office and make sure you’re comfortable.

Next, you’ll meet with Dr. Kevin Manzella for a comprehensive examination. This includes a visual inspection of your teeth and may involve taking digital impressions or X-rays for a more detailed analysis. Dr. Manzella will discuss your treatment options, considering your lifestyle, budget, and dental health.

One of the unique features of our practice is the Grin Monitoring system. This technology allows us to keep track of your treatment progress remotely, offering added convenience for our adult patients with busy schedules.

The goal of the first visit is not just to assess your orthodontic needs but also to make you feel comfortable and well-informed. We’ll answer any questions and provide a clear roadmap for your treatment plan.


Am I Too Old For Braces?

Braces For Everyone (You, Too!) At Manzella Orthodontics

In conclusion, age is no barrier to achieving a healthier, more confident smile. We offer various treatment options tailored for adults at Manzella Orthodontics in West Seneca and the surrounding areas. Dr. Kevin Manzella and our team are here to guide you every step of the way. Ready to take the first step toward a better smile? Schedule your free consultation with us today.