Studies show that adults account for 20% of orthodontic patients. Many adults are wary about considering braces, but would benefit immensely, as improved jaw alignment and oral health is critical to their well-being. By undergoing treatment with braces, you could prevent health issues in the future, including TMJ, and other ailments that could greatly affect your health and well-being.
One of the main concerns many have is the cost of treatment. However, braces for adults are affordable and can even be financed if you are unable to pay upfront. Experienced orthodontists will carefully decide which treatments will best suit you. With affordable braces, anyone is able to receive the oral health care they deserve.
Why to Consider Braces As An Adult
As an adult, getting braces may seem futile, however, there are many reasons to consider braces as an adult. Just like children, many adults are self-conscious about their smile which adversely affects their self-esteem. This is a prevalent issue with individuals of all ages and can be easily rectified with the correct orthodontic treatment.
Improved Self Confidence
No matter what age, everyone is concerned about their image and how they are viewed by others. This can affect someone’s self-esteem and mental health exponentially. Plus, braces for adults are very affordable, and smaller than ever before! Therefore, the stigma involving adult braces is rapidly disappearing.
Preventing Future Ailments
Braces greatly reduce the chances of adopting future ailments affecting your oral health and well-being. Braces prevent ailments such as TMJ and gum disease, allowing you to live a more vibrant and fulfilling life. Crowded teeth allow plaque and other bacteria to build up, so having properly spaced teeth allows you to maintain your oral hygiene more easily.
There Are New Developments for Adult Braces
When people think of braces, they often picture the metal brackets, rubber bands, and other components that are related to traditional braces. However, with the various advancements in orthodontic treatment, adult braces are smaller than ever before. Our office uses the Pitts 21 system of braces, which uses smaller brackets and a faster system, so your treatment is completed sooner.
Invisible Invisalign Braces
Invisalign braces are offered by orthodontic practices and allow you to straighten your teeth without being noticed by others. This is perhaps the most well-known option for those seeking an invisible option. Invisalign treats many of the same issues as traditional braces, however, they lack the ability to fix molar issues and have limitations on what they can offer.
Traditional braces for adults may be needed if your jaw needs to be realigned, or for instances where there is an issue with your molars. Those with more in-depth treatment needs can feel comforted knowing that our office can treat issues of crowding and incorrect bite without surgery. Most offices will rely on removing teeth in order to make room for teeth movement in adult cases, but the Pitts 21 system allows us to create room in your mouth without surgery!
If you are concerned about your teeth, it is critical to visit a trusted orthodontist for a consultation. Our orthodontist, Dr. David Herman, is ready to help you move toward a wide, beautiful smile, no matter your age. We’ve treated numerous adults, and their new smiles make them look years younger. Give us a call at Four Corners Orthodontics and Dental today!