If you think braces are solely reserved for children and teens, then think again. Braces are in high demand among adults for various reasons, whether that be to correct their bite or improve their smile. Here are some reasons why you might consider getting braces as an adult.
Your teeth can move at any age, even if they are healthy
Even if you’re someone who takes your dental care very seriously, your teeth can still move. This might be due to an injury or simply a result of natural growth, but even if you had braces in the past to rectify a dental issue, you might feel like you need them again. Almost always, braces will straighten crowded, crooked or protruding teeth and to do so will usually need to be fitted for at least 18 months to two years.
They can help you avoid serious dental issues
Teeth misalignment in adults is far greater than in children and teens, and if you have misaligned teeth, you have a greater chance of plaque buildup in between your teeth which can lead to periodontal or gum disease. Straight teeth will also help you avoid tooth decay, gum shrinkage, bone loss, the irregular wear of tooth enamel and facial discomfort.
You might be able to avoid other health issues
If your bite is incorrect, you might be prone to headaches and earaches as well as gastrointestinal problems if you are unable to chew your food correctly. When eating, if you regularly bite your cheek or the roof of your mouth you should seek help from a professional dentist.
They are cheaper and less noticeable than they were in the past
When most people think about braces they probably still imagine unsightly metal brackets. Fear not, braces have evolved since then with ceramic braces being a popular option for adults because they are made from a clear material. Invisalign, a clear plastic, removable aligner, is another cosmetic advancement that is worn over the teeth without the use of metal or wires. Additionally, wearing braces today is less painful and requires less time meaning that you don’t have to undergo as much commitment as before to correct your teeth.
Questions to ask your cosmetic dentist
Over the course of your orthodontic treatment, you should be prepared to ask your dentist questions including which is the best option for you, how to take care of your teeth once the braces have been fitted, how often will you have to arrange a check-up appointment and what the effects will be once the braces have been taken off.
Mostly all adults who choose to have braces fitted, do so to correct something which they believe to be a flaw, therefore, it is rare that they would regret the treatment once it is complete. At Natural Smiles, our team is always on hand to offer any advice you may need regarding adult braces, and we encourage all questions from your initial enquiry right up until the completion of your procedure.
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