Although orthodontic treatment and braces are usually associated with your teenage years, it is never too late to straighten your teeth. Nowadays more and more adults are deciding to get braces. Here are a few reasons why adults should get braces and live life enjoying that perfect smile.
Why Get Braces?
Believe it or not, braces do more than just straighten teeth. As an adult, straight teeth may be secondary to fixing bite problems and overall function. Proper orthodontic treatment will make your teeth easier to clean and can relax strained jaw muscles. A quick trip to your orthodontist can pinpoint problem areas and create a personalized plan on how to correct them.
Research has shown that straight teeth and proper tooth alignment can improve self-esteem. A confident smile can help you in many aspects of your life whether personal or professional.
Your Oral Health
Braces will improve your oral health. Orthodontic treatment will correct:
- Malocclusions – This condition refers to crooked or crowded teeth, which can lead to a “bad or destructive bite”. Dentist will often refer adults to an orthodontist because of a bite that is damaging to the teeth or gums. Some of the damage that can result from a bad bite is worn teeth, gum recession, broken teeth, and tipped teeth.
- Difficulty cleaning your teeth – Crooked or crowded teeth make your teeth difficult to clean. This can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum and bond problems. All of these problems can lead to tooth loss. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, thus reducing the risk that other problems will develop.
Many adults are wary of braces for the simple fact that they don’t want metal brackets on their teeth.
Fortunately, there are many different orthodontic treatment options that are available today that do not use the traditional metal brace. Options such as Invisalign or ceramic braces will minimize how noticeable your treatment is.
You may also be surprised that the overall treatment time is less time than you may think. Talk to your orthodontist to set up a treatment option that works for you.
Your insurance may also cover some or all the costs associated with your treatment. Make sure to inquire with your insurance company to see if they will cover your orthodontic treatment.
It’s Worth It!
Orthodontic treatment as an adult can be a difficult decision but, like all difficult decisions, it is remarkably rewarding!