It’s never too late to perfect your smile — just ask the increasing number of adults flocking to the orthodontist!
Thinking about getting braces? Experts like Dr. Parsons, Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Wells with SmilesForever Orthodontics say it’s never too late! These days, adults are making up nearly half of all orthodontic patients hoping to finally perfect the smile they’ve been dreaming of.
Just hearing the word “braces” may take many of us back to thoughts of junior high or high school. Well you can breathe easy now as braces have evolved considerably in the last 10 – 15 years. The days of being a true “metal mouth” are a thing of the past as more lightweight and cosmetically friendly options are available. Despite the common assumption that braces are just for children, many adults are choosing to pursue orthodontics to correct their smiles.
Braces for Adults
Perhaps you never had braces as a child and you are embarrassed of your smile, or crooked teeth. You may have gone through orthodontics in younger years, but not worn your retainers, resulting in shifting teeth and your teeth. Whatever your personal history, wearing braces in adulthood is an excellent way to create the straight, beautiful smile you have always wanted and deserve.
Benefits of Treatment
There are many ways in which adults can benefit from braces, which include:
- Aligning the teeth to create a more beautiful and aesthetic smile
- Improving the ability to brush and to floss. This is especially helpful for overcrowded front teeth
- Correcting relapses of previous orthodontics due to lack of long term retainer wear
- Creating. More comfortable bite and ability to chew
- Addressing missing teeth
- To reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or a poor bite
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Jaw surgery which corrects discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws
What Are Your Options?
With the numerous recent advances in orthodontic medicine, there are many options available for adults who need braces. The brackets are MUCH smaller and more comfortable.
The basic, traditional option are metal braces, and often the least expensive choice.
For the professional or the adult who prefers not to have a “mouth full of metal”, clear ceramic braces may be the preferred choice for adults.
Another option for adults who need braces is a clear aligned treatment, such as Invisalign. This system works in a different way from the traditional metal or clear ceramic braces with the process of applying and wearing a series of clear, retainer-like aligned.
Whatever your motivation to straighten your teeth, changing your smile is one of the most rewarding, positive steps you’ll make to change your life!