DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my 40s and can finally afford to straighten my teeth. Am I too old for braces? What are my options?
DEAR READER: Adults have 32 teeth whose job is to break down the variety of foods in the human diet. If someone is born with crooked teeth, childhood is the best time to get teeth straightened. But adults can and often do opt for orthodontic treatment -- with excellent results.