Why Choose to Have Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult?
Nowadays, it is increasingly common for adults to wear braces although often these braces are nearly invisible. In fact, some of your friends or relatives may have already received adult orthodontic treatment, and perhaps you have noticed some people’s smiles look a little more perfect than you remember?
It’s Never Too Late to Wear Braces
There are a variety of reasons as to why people choose to have orthodontic treatment as an adult. For some, the chance to wear braces as an adolescent was never available, but the desire to have a perfect smile has always remained. Other people may have worn braces during childhood but may have seen their teeth shift position as the year’s pass. Teeth can change position as a natural part of aging, or they may shift out of place if retainers weren’t worn as frequently as recommended. Whatever the reason, it’s never too late to straighten up and our orthodontist, Dr. Richard Webster sees many people who are in their seventies for treatment, and why not? People are living longer and more active lives and feeling confident in your smile is important for enjoying every moment of life.
Why a Nice Smile Can Be One of Your Most Powerful Assets
We know people place a great deal of value on appearance and especially on having beautiful teeth. An attractive smile where a person’s teeth are evenly aligned can be a tremendous asset. Much of this effect is down to the potential increase in self-confidence and self-esteem. If you know your teeth look good, you are more likely to smile whenever you meet and speak with others. A warm and attractive smile can significantly influence people’s perception of your personality. When you greet someone with a smile, they are more likely to see you as being open, friendly, and trustworthy; all attributes that can be very important for your professional and personal life. If you frequently find yourself covering up your teeth when you speak to others or if it’s difficult to find a photo where you are smiling openly, adult orthodontics could provide a good solution.
Straighter Teeth Can Be Healthier Teeth
When teeth are significantly out of place or do not bite together properly, it can affect your dental health. Teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, or overlapping can be much harder to brush and floss thoroughly, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that do not bite together correctly can wear unevenly, for example, if you bite down on one or two teeth before the rest of your teeth, these teeth are more likely to chip or crack under the additional stress. When your teeth are evenly aligned and properly spaced, then it is more effective and much quicker to brush and floss thoroughly, and your teeth will wear evenly without being placed under any additional stresses. Having a good bite or the proper occlusion will also help to protect your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints and which can become inflamed and painful when placed under too much stress.
Adult Orthodontics Can Be Extremely Discreet
If the thought of wearing braces as an adult conjures up unwelcome images of heavy and highly visible metal brackets and wires, then you will be pleasantly surprised to learn this needn’t be the case. Although fixed metal braces are still widely used and can provide an excellent treatment outcome, there are now numerous other options that can provide equally as good results, but which are virtually invisible.
Fixed or Removable?
Adult braces can be fixed or removable, and both solutions have their advantages. Many adults like the idea of having removable braces such as Invisalign which uses clear plastic aligners to reposition teeth. The attraction of this braces system is very easy to see because it’s simple to use and doesn’t require any significant changes to your lifestyle or diet. With removable aligners, you can eat whatever you like because the aligners are removed for meals. It’s simple to look after your dental health during treatment because you can brush and floss normally. However, fixed braces may be a better choice, and some systems are designed to provide extremely fast and very accurate results. These types of braces use clear or tooth-colored brackets combined with very thin or even tooth-colored wires.
When deciding on your choice of braces, it’s worth keeping an open mind and being guided by Dr. Webster’s expertise and experience in straightening people’s smiles. After discussing your goals for treatment and examining your teeth, Dr. Webster can explain all possible treatment options, and questions are positively encouraged! Your treatment plan will aim to provide you with a better and potentially healthier smile. If needed Webster Orthodontics will work with your general dentist, for example, if you need restorative treatments such as dental implants or perhaps a dental bridge to provide you with an optimal treatment outcome.