It is never too late to have a healthy and beautiful smile! On average, 20% of patients in an orthodontic practice are adults. It’s not something that is just for kids and teenagers and here is why:
Desire to Look Good
Many adults have thought about getting braces themselves because they are self-conscious about their smile. Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that they have been uncomfortable with all their lives. Straight teeth and a great smile can boost confidence and pride.
Maintaining Dental Health
Because misaligned teeth can make brushing and flossing more difficult, other dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, may arise if oral hygiene is not satisfactory. Also, poor bite can lead to abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and cause difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment can help maintaining good dental health easier so that teeth can last for a lifetime.
Many adults may have many concerns about getting braces at an older age. Here are answers to some of the more commonly asked questions regarding adult orthodontic treatment:
Is orthodontic treatment effective for adults?
Orthodontic treatment is equally effective for adults as for kids and teenagers as long as teeth and gums are healthy. Orthodontic forces move teeth the same way in patients of any age.
Are there any other options than metal braces?
Metal braces is just one of many options when it comes to orthodontics appliances. Ceramic brackets, also known as “clear braces”, are a popular choice for most adults due to their high esthetic and comfort level. For the patients who would rather get orthodontic treatment without being seen with braces, lingual braces is a good option because they are mounted behind your teeth. Lastly, the ever-so-popular Invisalign is also a good option for patients who don’t want actual braces cemented on their teeth
Will orthodontic treatment fit my lifestyle?
You can do almost anything during orthodontic treatment! After the initial adjustment period, you will find braces become a natural part of life. There have been great advances in orthodontic technology in the recent years so the brackets are now smaller and the wires are gentler on teeth but are even more effective than before. Therefore, the initial adjustment period has been shortened to a couple of days to weeks. However, the biggest challenge is to be able to maintain a high standard of home oral care so that your teeth and gum can remain healthy throughout treatment. It is something that will become second nature once you get used to the routine.
Can I get orthodontic treatment if I have some missing teeth?
Yes. Usually, the teeth next to the spaces have drifted into the space, making any type of dental restorations difficult to be fabricated perfectly. Orthodontic treatment can create or hold space, align teeth and correct the bite so that the restorative dentist can achieve the best result with your new restorations.
Can I get orthodontic treatment if I have been treated for gum disease?
As long as the gum disease is not active and is under control, orthodontic treatment can still be rendered. Your orthodontist will consult with your dentist and/or periodontist about the health of your gums before treatment. If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, you will continue be under regular supervision by your dentist and periodontist while you have braces.
To find out whether braces are for you, contact our office to schedule your personal and complimentary consultation with Dr.Wang himself!