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 build up in those hard-to-reach spots. If you find yourself getting a lot of cavities and dealing with gum problems, a straighter smile can help keep your teeth and gums cleaner and healthier. This is important at any age, but as you get older and the natural wear and tear on your teeth increases, preserving your natural teeth becomes even more crucial. Avoid 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 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 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, you need to feel 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 they are less noticeable, and there are Invisalign braces, which are removable clear plastic aligners.
Left to Right: Traditional Braces, Clear Braces and Clear Aligners