Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile, and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.
Can adults benefit from orthodontic braces?
Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which can cause a low self-esteem and a lack of self confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing, and articulating clearly. The benefits of adult orthodontics include the following:
Correct bite problems that are causing premature wear of the teeth
Balance the bite to assist in TMD treatment
Create proper spacing for dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures.
Stabilize weak, periodontally compromised teeth
- Create proper alignment of teeth, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and prevent decay and periodontal disease.
If you have any questions about orthodontic braces, please contact our office.