I got braces on my upper arch yesterday, at 62 years old. I had perfect teeth until I was 25 when I heard a "ping" and felt a pop and suddenly my two front teeth went slantyways. I think that's the correct word. I've had my lower arch braced for 6 months.
So then I fooled myself that everything was fine, because we could never afford orthodontia for myself or the kids. I finally got sick of this mess and am getting them fixed. I think the younger you are when you get them fixed, the more good years you get out of them. They'll look nice, and they will be much easier for you to brush and floss. If there is any way you can afford it, I would recommend you do it.
In fact, one of my kids got Invisalign 2 years ago, as an adult. She does a lot of public speaking in her job. That's one of the things that gave me the push to get braces myself, her getting treatment. Invisaligns are not for everyone. They wouldn't have worked for me. My daughter was supposed to be in them for 6 months but she has been faithfully wearing them for 2 years. It sounds like patients are fairly not compliant with wearing them, so even if Invisalign was appropriate for me (it isn't) I would just get braces anyway, having seen what she has been going through. Her teeth do look very nice now, though.
I had three different orthodontists look at me. Appointments were free. The one didn't offer any treatment! What's up with that? And he's only 4 blocks from my house. Bad attitude, him. The second ortho offered to only fix the uppers, and I was saving money to have that done, because the uppers were the only ones I was worried about, actually. The third, the one I chose, uses Damon braces, which I researched and found out THAT is what I want (and now HAVE whooo). He offered to fix the uppers and the lowers, and for $100 less than the lady who was only going to fix the uppers! Now that I look back on that consult where she offered to just fix the one arch, she didn't seem all that good. I mean, really, WOULD my teeth have worked properly if she only fixed the one arch?--I kind of doubt it. I am REALLY glad I found this guy. DO YOUR RESEARCH and get the right treatment for your teeth, and the right orthodontist!
Actually, I didn't realize my lower arch teeth were so bad! After having braces on them for 6 months, two of the teeth that were flopped on their sides practically, and really hard to brush, are well on their way to being back in line like they should be. AND I HAD NEVER NOTICED, at least I had not noted it as a problem.
You, Justcurious, fixing your teeth at your age, will have opportunity to SAVE MONEY by not getting cavities in teeth that are impossible to brush and floss. Boy have I spent money and endured pain, because NO ONE told me I could be helped by braces!
What is wrong with the dental community in my town, that they never encouraged me to get orthodontia?
What there is of my story is on the "Over 60 and Bisphophonate Concerns" thread.