Orthodontics like braces are used to reposition teeth for a straighter smile. It improves not only the aesthetics of your smile, but also the functionality and health of your teeth. While the pre-teen and teen years are the most ideal time to correct the alignment of your teeth because you are still growing at that time, adult braces can still be very effective.
Here are some reasons why it is never too late for adult orthodontics:
Your Teeth Will Be Healthier
With crooked teeth, it is a lot harder to properly brush and floss your teeth and gums. Plaque and bacteria tend to buildup in those hard to reach spots. If you find yourself getting a lot of cavities and dealing with gum problems than a straighter smile can help keep your teeth and gums cleaner and healthier. This is important at any age, but as you get older with the natural wear and tear on your teeth, preserving your natural teeth becomes even more crucial. Avoid having years of extra dental work and suffering through periodontal disease by straightening your teeth now.
Your Overall Health Will Be Better
If you have poor oral health, you are also increasing your risk for other health issues like heart disease and stroke. As we age, we are already at an increased risk for these diseases so why add to it? Just like it is never too late to eat better and exercise. It is never too late to work on your oral health.
You Will Regain Your Confidence
Over the years as your oral health has deteriorated and you became self-conscious about gaps and crooked teeth, your self-confidence probably took a big hit. If you want to advance in your career and have close, intimate relationships with family, friends and significant others than you need to feel confident in your smile. If you are too embarrassed to smile, or worse yet, to even leave the house, the shame and isolation you feel can affect you mentally and emotionally. If however you were able to get that beautiful smile you have always wanted, then you will find yourself transformed and everyone around you will notice the difference.
Advances in Orthodontic Care
Luckily today there are so many more options than just traditional metal braces. Besides the traditional metal braces, there are ceramic braces that are tooth-colored so less noticeable and there are Invisalign braces, which are removable clear plastic aligners.