Many adults decide that braces are only for children and adolescents and it’s too late to seek treatment. This is not the case! Having dental work done as an adult is a great idea and can provide relief for many conditions you have been unnecessarily suffering from. The option of having braces is available at any time, but there are a few additional factors to consider as an adult:
The additional considerations are definitely worth the benefits. Straighter teeth can increase self confidence, decrease susceptibility to other health issues, and relieve pain.
No matter how attractive an individual feels, recognizing that your teeth are somehow misaligned can greatly detract from self-confidence. When you struggle with lower self-esteem as a result of a physical imperfection, life can become unnecessarily unpleasant. By wearing braces for a short period of time, you can speak and interact with confidence because you know your pearly whites look their absolute best.
As many dental experts know, misaligned teeth can make it more difficult for adults to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly. Specifically, having overlapping or crooked teeth makes it difficult for some regions of the teeth to be cleaned properly. This inability to thoroughly clean your teeth can result in greater susceptibility to cavities and the need for dental work such as root canals, fillings, and other expensive procedures.
Complications in dental hygiene can have an adverse effect on gum health. If plaque is not removed completely when we clean our teeth, it can accumulate and eventually evolve into hard deposits of tartar. This tartar can cause gum tissue inflammation, which traps food particles between teeth and gums. When trapped pockets of food particles proliferate near and around our teeth, the growth of harmful bacteria is encouraged. Once bacteria begin circulating within the bloodstream, it can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Orthodontic treatment helps this problem by ensuring that your teeth are aligned well and thus pose no cleaning complications.
Traditional metal braces consist of a stainless steel bracket that is glued to the front of each tooth. These brackets are then wired together in a way that puts pressure on misaligned teeth to slowly move or straighten them. Metal braces are often thought to be uncomfortable and cumbersome. Some people may feel the braces rubbing the inside of their mouth, in which case dental wax is necessary. There are also limitations on the types of foods you can eat with metal braces.