Orthodontic treatment was historically associated with teenagers. In recent years, this is no longer true! Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth, improve their smiles and correct malocclusions (bad bites). Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain, and adult teeth can move orthodontically just like adolescent teeth. Generally speaking, dentists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite in adults can contribute to:
- Gum and bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces
- Headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain
- Difficulties biting, chewing and articulating speech clearly
- Self-esteem issues due to poor smile and/or facial aesthetics
Fortunately, orthodontic techniques and braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient and socially acceptable for adults. Now, there is a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic appliances available, depending on the individual situation. Modern orthodontic braces have never been less visible, and can even be placed on the inside of your teeth.