If you’re interested in having a straighter, more functional set of teeth, but as an adult think the best years for orthodontics are behind you, think again: more and more adults are finding great results with braces and other orthodontics well beyond their tender years. The best time for an orthodontic program is when you need it.
There are any number of reasons adults choose to look into orthodontics; perhaps they had braces when they were younger, and are starting to recognize their teeth might be moving away from their ideal locations. Or, just as likely, perhaps they never had orthodontics when they were younger and would like to enjoy the straight smile that comes from a professional orthodontic program. Whatever the reasons, adults make up about 20% of orthodontic patients nationwide, and that number is only climbing.
Orthodontics can offer solutions for adults who suffer from a “bad bite,” what dentists call malocclusion, where the teeth aren’t lining up correctly when you chew or bite down. In cases where teeth are spread too far apart, there is an increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease that can be ameliorated through orthodontics. And in many cases, that crooked bite pattern may be creating pressure that causes jaw pain — and orthodontics can help here, too.
Finally, if you’d like to experience the advantages of having a straighter, more attractive smile — one that will instill you with confidence and give you a little more self-esteem every time you open your mouth — adult orthodontics can offer a variety of methods to help you achieve your goals. Today’s braces are far more advanced than those you might remember from your childhood — call us today to schedule an appointment!