It is never too late to take control of your oral health and get the smile you’ve always wanted with adult orthodontic braces.
“Can adults wear braces?” is a frequently asked question. Most people associate orthodontic braces with adolescents and teens. However, a growing number of people over 18 are opting for adult orthodontic braces, not only for aesthetic reasons, but health reasons too.
It is estimated that more than 1 million Americans are currently wearing braces (1).
As people age, their teeth may shift and become crowded resulting in serious oral health problems. If you neglect your oral health concerns, sooner than later they are going to lead to even bigger health issues.
What are the Oral Health Benefits of Braces?
Along with providing straight pearly whites and a boosted confidence, adult orthodontic braces can provide enormous health benefits too. Some adults did not receive orthodontic treatment as a teen and are now experiencing issues with crooked teeth, an under-bite, over-bite, or jaw joint disorders later in life.
Improperly aligned and crooked teeth can cause difficulties biting, chewing, and speaking. Additionally, they can make oral health care difficult. Food can easily become trapped in between crowed and crooked teeth, and flossing may be a challenge. This can result in an increased risk of rapid tooth decay and gum disease, which may lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Likewise, swollen and red gums may be a sign of periodontal disease.
Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to significant health issues such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes (2).
Correctly aligned teeth can also take the strain and pain out of under and overbites, as well as jaw joint disorders. These type of ailments can lead to issues like TMJ, or Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, which causes pain and discomfort. Unaligned teeth will also cause significant wear on teeth, weakening certain areas in the mouth. This may lead to infection and call for the teeth, or tooth, to be extracted. Correcting the bite should relieve the pain and prevent issues from becoming more serious in the future (3).
What’s Next? Life with Adult Orthodontic Braces.
We know that committing to braces as an adult can be intimidating for a number of reasons. One of the concerns with adult orthodontics is the cost. But, if you aren’t paying attention to your oral health care concerns now, they can become even more debilitating and serious in the future.
As your oral health care problems escalate into larger health issues, this will cost you more in health care in the future.
Other adults may be concerned with how they look with their new orthodontic braces. Fortunately, braces are more effective and designed to be less noticeable. There are also a wide range of options for adults such as traditional braces, aligners such as Invisalign, or lingual braces, which attach to the underside of your teeth and are hidden from view.
No matter which option you choose to move forward with, you shouldn’t be embarrassed of your new braces. You will improve your overall health and increase your confidence with a straighter, sparkly smile!
Request a consultation from Harper Orthodontics, and we can address your specific oral health concerns and determine the best course of action. We will answer questions you may have regarding the duration of treatment, cost, and adjusting to life with braces!