Why get braces as an adult?

Your never too old to fix your smile with braces.

Crooked teeth aren’t just an aesthetic problem. They’re also bad for your dental health. With slightly crooked teeth, the risk of cavities is higher because there are more places for the bacteria to take hold. 

However, severely uneven teeth can affect your jaw, your speech, and even cause TMDs (temporomandibular disorders).

To correct crooked teeth and create a healthy and visually pleasing alignment, braces are your best option.

Things to think about.

Getting Braces as an Adult is the same as in Childhood

Your teeth can be moved at any age, as long as your teeth and gums are healthy. Some things that might be different though are the desired end results. However, adults are more likely to have different issues than children. This includes things such as periodontal disease, tooth loss, and even unfinished work from childhood. These can cause a change in the ways straight teeth are achieved.

Getting Braces As An Adult still Changes Your Diet

When getting braces, you have to avoid certain foods that could break or otherwise damage your orthodontics. These limitations include chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods. It also includes foods that require biting into, such as corn on the cob, apples, or even chicken wings.

A straight smile can affect your career

Some people assume that appearance doesn’t matter in some careers. However, a beautiful smile makes clients comfortable and keeps them coming back. This is why people in customer service are encouraged to smile when interacting with clients.

Your smile may not be directly responsible for your success, but your confidence and self-esteem will propel you to greater heights. Visiting an orthodontist will help you to correct any inadequacies in your dental and jaw alignment.

You’ll Need to Make time for checkups

Your individual situation will determine how long you will need the treatment. Generally, most orthodontic treatments last more than a year.

Your orthodontist will give you an estimate of how long the treatment would take. However, sometimes it may take longer. There are several situations you may encounter, such as a broken bracket, that can change the time frame.

Braces are not cheap

One of the challenges many getting braces as an adult is the cost of the treatment. The truth is braces are not cheap. The procedure and duration of treatment can cause a dent in your finances. However, the outcome will be worth it. Most dentists offer payment plans, which are often flexible. 

Before writing off an orthodontic procedure as expensive or unaffordable, find out what payment plans are in place. You might be surprised that making partial payments might be more affordable than you think. If you are making a one-time payment in full, you should ask if you can get a discounted rate. 

Braces may save you from many future dental treatments

Dentist are not just concerned about straightening your teeth. They also want to make sure that your bites fit together by the end of the treatment. Tooth decay is not just a product of poorly maintained teeth, sometimes it is due to crowded or crooked teeth, underbites and overbites. 

Other potential oral problems include tooth loss and gum disease. If you don’t have crowded teeth, but have a bad bite, your teeth can suffer from too much wear, due to clenching and grinding. 

You may need more than one procedure

It is always best to approach orthodontics as a long-term solution. It may require you to use a support system to hold your teeth in place, especially when getting braces as an adult. For example, once you complete Invisalign, your doctor will decide if you need a retainer to hold your teeth in place.  Fortunately, there are different types of retainers you can use. Based on your dentist’s recommendation, you can either use a permanent fixed retainer or a removable clear retainer you can use at night. 

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