Most people imagine braces as a treatment only for adolescents, but adult orthodontics are becoming increasingly common. If you are wondering whether braces as an adult are right for you, consider the benefits and then ask your orthodontist if you may be a good candidate.
What are the benefits of orthodontics for adults?
There are several benefits available for a person who decide to wear braces as an adult.
1. Orthodontics reduce bad breath
When teeth are misaligned or have crooked gaps in them, it is easier for food particles to become stuck between the teeth and create bad breath. Brushing is much more difficult when teeth are not aligned properly. Getting braces as an adult helps to repair the misalignments of the teeth, making it easier to use toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash in those hard-to-reach places and thereby lessening the chance of embarrassing bad breath.
2. Orthodontics reduce the risk of other oral health problems
Misaligned teeth do more than create embarrassing bad breath problems. When teeth are not in their proper positions, that bacteria that gets stuck leads to more serious oral health issues. Left untreated, misaligned teeth can lead to cavities, severe tooth decay, gum disease, or even loose teeth that eventually come out. Finding an orthodontist who can provide braces helps to ensure these problems do not overtake the natural teeth.
3. Orthodontics may improve a person's speech
The way a person's tongue moves against their teeth determines how they pronounce certain words. When the teeth are not in the proper position, it can interfere with how a person speaks and may even create a lisp or cause some words to come out with a bit of a whistle. A person who receives braces as an adult can correct how those words come out, leading to better, more enunciated speech. In turn, speaking more properly can help a person who may otherwise have problems with public speaking.
4. Orthodontics may improve confidence
Many adults choose to get braces because they want to feel more confident in their smiles and in their overall appearance. Someone who gets braces will often experience less anxiety when showing off a natural smile.
Who is a good candidate for adult orthodontics?
Adults of all ages may be good candidates for braces. First, an orthodontist will determine whether you have a crossbite, open bite, overbite, or underbite to determine which type of braces may be recommended for you. You should be in overall good health to qualify for braces as well. Gum disease or other serious issues may make it hard for your teeth to support braces. Naturally, you must also have overall good brushing habits, as good oral health practices at home are essential for braces to be successful.
Adult orthodontics are increasingly popular, and for good reason. After all, most people want to feel more confident about their smiles and better about their overall oral health as well.
If you are looking for an orthodontist to help you get the smile you want, contact our offices for more information.