Our adult patients truly appreciate their new, beautiful smiles and renewed confidence! It can make you feel better about yourself, too. Getting orthodontic treatment improves your appearance, and it enhances your oral health for a lifetime. Most people are excellent candidates for braces or Invisalign, and you may be too.
Reasons Why Adults Consider Treatment
According to the AAO, 20% of all orthodontic patients in America are more than 21 years of age. While braces used to be seen as a dental treatment that only teenagers underwent, today’s patients are realizing that adults have that option too. The primary reasons adults consider getting braces are:
The patient wants a more attractive smile
The teeth don’t fit well together (malocclusion or bad bite), causing problems with eating and/or oral care
Crowded or crooked teeth are allowing food particles and plaque to build up in between the teeth, creating problems with the gums and/or teeth
Crooked teeth are causing pain or discomfort due to the pressure of pushing into other teeth
Incomplete treatment as a teenager can be resolved in adulthood.
Benefits of Orthodontics
No matter how old you are, straighter teeth provide many benefits for your oral health as well as your personal well-being. For adults, the advantages are even greater. They include:
Enhances the appearance of the your smile
Makes your mouth healthier
Makes it easier to floss and brush
Improves the way that you feel about how you look (more confidence)
Can help to prevent oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay
Helps to prevent bone loss caused by improperly positioned teeth
Improves your ability to bite and chew
Difference between Adult and Teen Orthodontics?
In younger patients, the jaw bone is still growing, so it is easier to encourage the teeth to move to a better position. In adults, the fact that the jaw bone is fully developed sometimes makes it more difficult to get the teeth to line up properly.
In adults, the teeth have already become worn and damaged. Some teeth might even be missing or shifted into new positions. Without braces treatment, the teeth remain crooked and can increase the risk of dental problems like gum disease and a bad bite.
The simple truth is that adults are more likely to develop gum disease and bone loss than younger people. Crooked teeth increase this risk.
Available Treatment Options for Adults
If the idea of wearing metal braces is keeping you from a beautiful set of teeth, why not consider one of the alternatives? Both options can be used for adults who wish to have straighter teeth.
Invisalign uses a series of clear trays to move your teeth into different positions. The treatment result is equal to traditional braces.
Clear braces are designed to work just like traditional metal braces, but they are made with clear or tooth-colored pieces that fit on your teeth so that the braces look nearly invisible.