Think braces are only for children or teens? This is no longer true. Now, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Some people want to improve their smiles or correct their bites. Other people are seeking to improve their health or to boost their self-esteem. Today about one million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 wear braces, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. And as the LA Times reported in 2011, adult braces are on the rise, with a 24 percent raise from 1989 through 2008.
Everyday adults are getting braces and so are older celebrities. Country music singer Faith Hill wore braces to the Grammy Awards in 2013, when she was 45 years old. And when he was 40 years old, Tom Cruise wore ceramic brackets to improve his teeth. If these people can do it, so can you! At our Alpharetta orthodontist office, about 25 percent of our patients are adults. This means you won’t have to worry about being the only adult in our office getting work done on your teeth.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting braces, or maybe your mom or someone else in your life has hinted that you might need to correct your teeth. But, you haven’t yet made the decision improve your smile. Don’t put it off! We’ve got seven great reasons why adults should get braces. Keep reading and find out if braces are right for you as an adult.
1. Adults should get braces because every smile is important.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice. When you smile, you can have a positive impact on the people around you. But if you’re afraid to smile or you try to cover your teeth when you smile, you won’t have the same effect. Maybe you’ve always had crooked teeth, but you weren’t able to get braces when you were younger. Or maybe you have serious jaw pain. Or are having trouble cleaning your teeth properly. Your oral health can also impact your ability to get a job and your social life. Many people say their crooked or unattractive teeth are holding them back from living life to the fullest. Why not get braces and fix your mouth now? Sure, you might face a few months or possibly years of wearing something on your teeth. But the results will amaze you — And you’ll no longer feel self-conscious about your teeth in the future.
Also, if you’re thinking about getting dental implants, the rest of your teeth will need to be straight first, so you’ll have to get braces before you can consider that treatment option.
Key Takeaway: Being able to show off your beautiful, straight smile makes a huge difference in your life and in how people interact with you. Imagine how your life could be different if you had a smile you were proud to show off.
2. Adults should get braces because teeth can move at any age, even if they are healthy.
Teeth can shift at any age. Maybe due to an injury, a health condition, or simply natural growth. Perhaps you had straight teeth in the past, but are now facing a crooked and overcrowded smile.
Even if you had braces in the past, you may need them again. Some people who had braces as a child or a teenager need them for a second time when they get older. Why? Some people neglect to wear their retainer as much as they should. And other people have mouths that change naturally.
Also, orthodontists now tell people to wear retainers much longer than they recommended in previous decades. Some people even need to wear one for life.
Key Takeaway: Teeth can move at any age, even if they are healthy and even if you had braces before.
3. Adults should get braces to avoid serious problems with their teeth and mouth.
Research has shown that the frequency of misalignment in adults is comparable to the frequency in children and teens. When you have a crossbite or misaligned teeth, you have an increased chance of plaque and food buildup between your teeth. This means you may get periodontal disease or gum disease. You can also possibly avoid tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel, and TMJ/TMD pain (or chronic facial discomfort).
Key Takeaway: Misaligned teeth can contribute to serious health problems for your teeth and mouth.
4. Adult should get braces to avoid other health issues.
Problems with your mouth may not be the only health concerns you face if your teeth are not straight or your bite is incorrect. You may suffer from headaches and earaches if you don’t seek treatment for your teeth and mouth problems. Also, an improper bite may mean you can’t chew your food properly, possibly leading to gastrointestinal problems. If you have been unintentionally biting your cheek or the roof of your mouth regularly, you may have an orthodontic issue and should seek professional help.
Key Takeaway: Not correcting your teeth can lead to other health concerns as well, such as headaches, ear pain, and stomach issues.
5. Adults should get braces because braces today are better, cheaper, and less noticeable.
Braces have evolved over the years. No longer do you need to suffer the embarrassment of being a metal mouth. The brackets used today are smaller, and no longer are bands that wrap around the tooth used. Ceramic braces are popular with adults due to their cosmetic appeal. They are made of a translucent (clear) material. Another great advancement for teeth that is popular with adults is Invisalign. These clear, removable, plastic aligners are worn over the teeth and use no metal or wires. When you are custom-fitted for Invisalign, you’ll have no food restrictions, and you’ll be able to brush and floss like you normally would. Today, wearing braces is less painful and requires less time. Almost all our adult braces patients are happy they made the commitment to correct their teeth.
Key Takeaway: The braces that are available today are not like the braces of the past. Now, the options are lighter, more comfortable, cheaper, and less noticeable.
6. Adults should get braces because they can now afford them.
Maybe your parents couldn’t afford braces when you were growing up. But now you can! Many medical and dental insurance plans cover part of the cost. Or maybe you make enough money to save money and pay for braces out of pocket. Our orthodontic office offers many financing options to accommodate your needs, and we would be happy to go over these with you. We can also review your insurance policy and help you maximize your benefit and file your claims.
If you have questions, call 770-751-1240, and our friendly staff will answer your questions.
Key Takeaway: Maybe your parents couldn’t afford braces. But now there are more options paying for braces, so don’t let the cost hold you back.
7. Adults should get braces because people are living longer.
People are living longer, and many people are keeping their teeth for life. No longer are people going to lose their teeth, so it makes sense to pay the price to straighten crooked or crowded teeth. Even older adults are getting braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more and more people who are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are using braces.
Key Takeaway: People are living longer and keeping their teeth for life. Getting braces, even if you are a senior adult, now makes much more sense.
Are you ready to smile a lot more? What’s holding you back from getting braces as an adult? If you have difficulty biting, chewing, or speaking. Or you have teeth that are crowded or protruding, why haven’t you decided to get braces yet? Are you concerned about the pain? Improvements in technology make the process of getting braces much more gentle and pain is no longer an issue, although you may experience some discomfort at first.
Adults often do a better job caring for their braces and following the advice of their orthodontist, which means their results can be more impressive than those of a child or teen. If you are ready to take steps to improve your smile, Jordan Orthodontics in Alpharetta, Georgia, would love to help you.
You don’t need a referral. Contact us today to setup your free consultation and see what braces option is right for you as an adult. It’s never too late to have a smile you love!