While it was once thought that braces were only meant for kids and teenagers, adult braces are becoming much more popular. Adults can comprise up to 25 percent of orthodontic patients, and there are plenty of reasons why an adult may contemplate getting braces later in life.
Improve Their Smile
Everyone wants a beautiful smile! Just because you are of a certain age, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to change your smile. If you have crooked teeth or alignment problems, you may be self-conscious about your smile and try to cover it whenever possible. This is no way to live, as everyone should be proud of their smile! If your oral health problems are impacting your social life and mental health, it’s time to seriously consider orthodontic treatment. The benefits you can gain from 1-2 years of braces will last for the rest of your life.
Teeth Can Shift
Braces are not a sign of bad teeth since even healthy teeth can shift at any point. Whether you have an injury, health condition, or it’s just the natural movement that occurs as you age, your straight teeth may become crooked. No matter what the cause, your best answer is to see your orthodontist about braces to fix your teeth as soon as possible.
Reduce Risk Of Serious Dental Problems
Research shows that misalignment in adults is quite comparable to the frequency in children and teens, and misalignment can lead to many different oral health problems. One serious issue includes an increased chance of developing plaque, due to a buildup of food in between the crooked teeth you can’t clean. Braces can help adults avoid tooth decay, gum and bone loss, and may possibly prevent the chronic facial discomfort side effect of TMJ/TMD, or at least relieve some of the pain.
Modern Braces Have Come A Long Way
Heavy and uncomfortable braces have evolved to become sleeker, more comfortable, and even less noticeable. In addition to metal, you can also choose from ceramic braces, which closely match teeth color, or an Invisalign aligner system. Invisalign aligners are clear, plastic, and custom-fit, making them a very popular option for adults.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.