While the word "braces" usually elicits the image of a teenager with headgear, that's not the entire demographic. Did you know 1 in 5 patients in orthodontia are over the age of 18?
Some adults are reluctant to get braces. They think that it's too late for them or that it won't be worth it for them to get braces.
If that's how you're thinking, it's time to re-think your stance on braces for adults. Keep reading to learn 5 reasons why you should improve your smile with braces, even if you're no longer a teenager.
The first important myth we need to dispel is that only children and teenagers can get braces since that when teeth are moving around. While it is true that childhood and adolescence are the prime times to use braces to fix a smile or crooked teeth, it's not true that it's too late once you pass that stage of your life.
Anyone of any age can get braces to improve a smile or fix dental issues.
Gaps, crooked teeth, and misalignments can make you insecure about showing off your pearly whites. Getting braces to fix these issues and improve your smile will give you a boost of confidence.
In fact, studies show that people happy with their teeth are more confident than those who are unhappy with how their smile looks.
3. Improve Oral Health
Besides helping you feel better about your smile, getting braces to fix any issues you have will improve your oral health. Crooked teeth, gaps, and misalignment of the teeth can lead to increased plaque build-up, gum irritation, and other oral health issues.
Fixing your smile with orthodontia will reduce your risk of these issues.
Not only will braces improve your oral health, but they can improve your overall health as well. Issues with your smile and your alignment can lead to headaches, ear pain, sinus issues, and more.
Braces can fix any issues that are leading to these symptoms.
Some adults are worried about getting braces because of how they look. Won't you look weird having metal braces as an adult?
If this is a concern for you, don't worry. You have the option of getting Invisalign instead of traditional braces. Speak with your orthodontist about whether braces or Invisalign would be better suited for your particular problems and issues that need fixing.
More and more adults are getting comfortable with the idea of getting braces. Considering the five benefits of braces for adults that we just went over, we aren't surprised.
If you've been considering orthodontic treatment, contact us for more information. We can set you up with an initial appointment where you can learn about a treatment plan that will work for you.
You can also check out our blog to find more information on braces, Invisalign, and more.