Should adults get braces to straighten their teeth? The answer is yes, for many reasons. Most importantly, straight teeth are healthier teeth because they make oral hygiene easier. Straight teeth are not only easier to keep clean but enhance a person’s facial features. Nearly everyone, including friends, potential dates, prospective employers, clients, makes appearance-based judgments that include instant assessments about a person’s smile, teeth and health. Your straight, healthy smile can provide the right attention.
Additionally, crooked teeth also have a tendency to shift even more out of alignment as time progresses. One tooth out of place may cause the others to shift as well. Even people who wore braces as children or teens sometimes find that their teeth are shifting. A beautiful, healthy smile is worth the effort of wearing braces which can be less visible now.
Cosmetically, braces today are generally much smaller and less visible than previously. When full braces are needed, options such as lingual braces placed on the back of the teeth, clear or ceramic braces may be less noticeable than the metal types of appliances. The typical time for an adult to wear braces used to be 2 and one-half years.
Now, with current technologies, the treatment time may be 12 to 18 months. Clear aligner trays such as Invisalign may be an option for some types of bite correction. The trays are worn for a specified period of time and replaced in sequence to align the teeth. Not all types of bite problems can be corrected with clear aligners, thus it’s best to have an orthodontist evaluate your bite to determine if you are a good candidate.
There is nothing like having a straight, beautiful, healthy smile for boosting your self- confidence and making you feel good about yourself. If your smile needs a makeover, contact Lansdowne Orthodontics today to see which options are right for you. At Lansdowne Orthodontics, we provide each patient with multiple options to achieve an ideal result in optimal treatment time. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional care. Our reputation depends on our good work and your good word.