It is commonly thought that, once you are an adult, it is too late to get orthodontic treatment. However, the last few years have seen an increase in the number of adults visiting orthodontists’ offices. This increase can be attributed to an increase in knowledge of the negative health effects of having ill-aligned teeth. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in every four orthodontics patients that are adults. It is never too late to achieve a straighter smile. Here are three interesting facts about adult braces.
They Work, and They Work Well
Adult braces work. Success stories of people with braces as adults are changing the narrative that braces cannot work as well past a certain age. This myth has restricted many adults from seeking orthodontic treatment despite knowing their teeth had alignment issues. An adult may be required to wear orthodontic treatment for slightly longer than a teenager would. However, the result is still a more aligned, beautiful smile.
They Correct Multiple Issues
Braces have the ability to correct several oral issues. For example, crowded or overlapped teeth, which can cause tooth decay if left untreated, can be easily fixed with orthodontic treatment. Even as an adult, braces can correct this problem and prevent future trips to the dentists for root canal treatments or extractions. Braces can also correct malocclusion, which is improper alignment of the upper teeth and the lower teeth. Malocclusion can cause improper chewing, wear of the teeth, and even breakages if left untreated. Speech impediments caused by teeth misalignment can also be treated with braces. All these corrections can have enormous effects on one’s quality of life.
One Can Choose the Braces They Want
The beauty of adult braces is that there are various options. Metal or steel braces are considered conventional braces, and they have come a long way since they were first introduced. Ceramic braces work like metal braces but are harder to notice. Lingual braces are attached to the back of teeth and are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Finally, Invisalign, or clear plastic aligners, are made of clear plastic and can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
It is never too late to achieve a straighter smile. If you are interested in adult orthodontic treatment, contact our office for a complimentary consultation, today!