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What To Expect When Getting Braces In Your 60

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REAL LIFE STORY| I got braces at 61, and I’m so happy about it! I have an overbite, not a Freddie Mercury one, but just enough to make me feel a little self-conscious when I smile.

That hasn’t had a major impact on my life because I don’t make my living from my physical appearance, so I had accepted my fate and made peace with it. However, since I’ve started to promote my podcast and meet with more people over Zoom, I’m more conscious of what impression I make.

And for better or worse, an overbite can make you look a little goofy.

Is it worth it to get braces at 60?

Then, about three months ago I was at my dentist for my usual check-up, and he commented that my gums had started to recede and that I would be a great candidate for Invisalign, which would address the gum problem.

Five months of plastic alignment trays and my teeth could be straight and at a fraction of the cost of conventional braces.

That night, I had a chat with my best friend who suggested I check out the online version, which was less expensive and didn’t require dentist visits. I followed the link and they offered a coupon–that made it almost impossible for me to resist. There were lots of before and after photos (although I didn’t see a grey-haired person among them). So, I started to get excited. Maybe I could have straight teeth too!

The upsides of adult braces

But could I justify the investment? At this age? I have wrinkles and I stopped dying my hair years ago. I wear minimal makeup and get an easy-to-manage haircut. I’d rather be out playing tennis or hiking with my dogs than contouring my cheekbones. My dress-up shoes are patent leather Birkenstocks.

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There’s only so much I’m willing to do for beauty. Was investing in my physical looks “on brand” for me? But the idea of having straighter teeth, well that was a different story!

I realized that if I had straighter teeth I would smile more. Feeling more comfortable smiling would actually add quality to my life, and even the lives of others. And based on the current longevity trends, I have another twenty-plus years to enjoy my straight teeth.

It didn’t take long for me to say “Yes!I’m only seven weeks into my straightening and the change is noticeable. I think I’m already starting to smile more. It’s been a worthwhile investment and I can’t wait to see the final results!

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About The Author

Nicole Christina | Longevity Coach

Nicole Christina | Longevity Coach

Nicole Christina is the host of the multi-award-winning Zestful Aging Podcast, an interview show heard in 106 countries. Nicole’s guests are change-makers from a variety of disciplines, many of whom are top experts in their fields. She calls herself “the Terry Gross of ageing well.” After more than 30 years as a psychotherapist, she’s created Zestful Aging Longevity Coaching. Nicole has also authored the book “Not Just Chatting; How to Become a Master Podcast Interviewer”.

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