Should Adults Still Consider Braces As an Option?

Michael Delano thumbnail Michael Delano | January 5, 2018

When you think of an orthodontist, it’s likely you’re thinking of children and teenagers. Have you ever considered the fact that braces and other orthodontics services are still viable options for adults, as well? It’s true!

Whether you’re suffering from shifting teeth or you simply aren’t happy with the state of your teeth, orthodontics for adults should be a solution you’re considering. Here are a few reasons why you should keep the option of braces open as an adult.

Teeth can shift at any age
It doesn’t matter if you’re experiencing a health issue or you’re completely healthy, teeth can shift! Even if you’ve had braces in the past, there’s a chance you could need them again. If you had braces but didn’t remove your wisdom teeth until you were an adult, there’s a chance your teeth will have shifted or crowded. The fix? Braces! Everyone’s smile is important, and unfortunately, everyone’s smile has the potential to sustain damage. If there’s a viable way for you to fix that damage, you should take it. It just so happens that in most cases, braces can be that solution.

You have options
You may have had some insecurities about your braces in the past, but there’s good news! Braces have not only become more effective, they’ve become more discreet. You have options for teeth-straightening that you may have not even considered in the past. Invisalign, for one, has a 96% patient satisfaction rate. Considering that almost 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt their career success, the ability to straighten teeth in a discreet manner is invaluable. And if you choose to go the traditional route, brackets are smaller, wires are less noticeable, and your time with braces will generally be shorter.

Are you keeping your teeth?
People are living longer, any many of them are choosing their own teeth over dentures or implants. If you want to keep your smile for life, it’s a good idea to take great care of it throughout your life. That means braces if it’s necessary!

No matter your oral situation, orthodontics for adults should always be something you’re thinking about. Take care of your teeth and they’ll take care of you.

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