Braces are sought after by many to correct large or small cosmetic and functional issues related to the positioning of the natural teeth. Braces can be used on patients of all ages, but are most commonly seen on kids under the age of 17. Below are the top 5 reasons why it is equally as beneficial for adults to get braces as it is for children and teenagers.
1. You’re Not The Only One Who Notices Your Smile
7 out of 10 people say a person’s smile is the first thing they notice. A big smile can reflect a very positive appearance while providing warmth and comfort to those around you.
Teeth are the gateway to your personality. Some are dull and some are radiant — which look will you choose?
2. It’s Not Just About The Pretty Smile…
Having misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on more than just appearance. The following conditions can be affected by poor occlusion (how the teeth fit together):
- Speech impediments
- Jaw or TMJ pain
- Difficulty chewing and eating
- Sleep Apnea
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Gum disease and tooth decay
3. You Can Get Gum Disease If The Issue Is Not Resolved.
Plain and simple. Crowded teeth mean more nooks and crannies for bacteria to reside. Bacteria like to hide in places that are difficult for us to access. This is why most of you with crooked teeth require more frequent cleanings and may need the help of other complicated oral aids that help with plaque removal. By straightening the teeth with braces, you are eliminating the time and effort it takes to clean your teeth properly and decrease your risk of getting some pretty nasty bacterial diseases.
4. It Can Reduce Your Risk Of Cavities
By allowing the teeth to take on more of an ‘ideal’ position, you are again eliminating the risk of cavity-causing bacteria to infect your teeth. Crowded teeth can be a nightmare to floss, which is why most people don’t do it. Braces straighten the teeth and allow for easier floss access, as well as smoother surfaces that bacteria have a harder time adhering to.
5. There Is A Nearly Invisible Alternative To Straighten Teeth!
For those of you reading this thinking, “I am way too old for braces, they will look so weird on my teeth,” we have a solution for you! Braces are used to fix most moderate to severe cases of tooth rotations and imperfections. As a substitute to braces, invisible aligners help to straighten teeth by using clear, plastic trays varied slightly every couple of weeks to slowly and comfortably move teeth into position. They are an excellent alternative for those of you who prefer to have something a little less noticeable.
All in all, braces are great to correct minor to severe issues related to tooth positioning. If you are unsure whether you may require teeth straightening, give us a call today to make an appointment for your braces or invisible aligners assessment!