If you asked someone 15 years ago if they would consider getting braces as an adult, you’d probably get a funny look in return. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about one million people in North America over the age of 18 wear braces. The amazing Faith Hill for example, wore braces at the age of 45! There is no shame in an adult wearing braces to improve their smile! Here are four reasons why an adult should get braces.
Your Smile is Important!
Quite simply, your smile is one of the first things that people notice. Your oral health is important to your professional and social life. If you have lived your whole life trying to hide your smile, you’re missing out on a very simple opportunity. Maybe you wanted braces as a child, but the adult in your life wouldn’t get the treatment for you. Maybe you’re experiencing some jaw pain. Maybe you just want to improve the look for pure confidence. Either way, no matter what age you are, your smile is important!
Avoid Potential Oral Health Problems
Regardless of if you’re 8 or 48, having a crossbite or misaligned teeth can cause long term damage. Crooked teeth can increase the chance of food buildup and plaque, which not only lead to more visits to the dentist, but could lead to periodontal disease or gum disease. Other risks of having misaligned teeth later in life include tooth decay, bone loss, TMJ or TMD pain. Potential problems aren’t only limited to your mouth, an improper bite could mean headaches, ear pain, and stomach issues.
Braces Have Come a Long Way Since You Were a Kid
You can probably still imagine the olden days. Big metal headpieces and brackets. No one wanted to be a “metal mouth.” Unless you have a child who’s had braces and have seen how far the technology has come, you might not know that it has, quite a bit! Even metal aligners feature smaller brackets. Ceramic brackets allow you to wear braces that are clear. You could also go with Invisalign braces that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. Today, wearing braces isn’t only less noticeable, it’s less painful and requires less time.
You Can Afford Them As An Adult
There are countless people in Buffalo who probably should have had braces as a kid, but their parents couldn’t afford the treatment. This is understandable, yet unfortunate. The good news is now you can afford the treatment yourself. Many insurance and medical insurance plans cover part of the cost of orthodontic treatment, or maybe you have enough in your savings to pay for braces out of pocket. Either way, the benefits of a healthy smile are undeniable.
As you can see, there are many reasons why an adult should see an orthodontist. People are living longer than ever before, and people are keeping their teeth for life. Your smile is very important to your overall confidence, regardless of your age. Dr. Rand and her team at West Seneca Orthodontist welcome patients of all ages! If you or someone you know is considering looking into getting braces, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop in to talk to someone today! We’d love to help!