The Value of Adult Braces

Braces are often thought of as only to be used by teenagers. However, many adults are starting to embrace braces and get the straight, healthy smiles they deserve. A lot of them are doing this because a straight smile not only improves your appearance and self-confidence but has a major impact on your oral health as well.

Let’s look at a few ways a good smile helps out adults.

Even if your teeth were once perfectly aligned, there are still things that can affect their positions. Changes in jaw shape or structure as you age can cause minor alignment issues as well as the loss of one or more teeth. If a tooth is extracted or otherwise lost to untreated tooth decay, it can cause other teeth in your mouth to twist or move toward the void that is caused by the lost tooth.

At the same time, if you had underbite or overbite issues when you were young that were not corrected, it could cause other complications. The misalignment in your bite pattern can make several teeth in your mouth prone to chips or fractures.

If you have minor alignment issues with your smile, it is possible to use a removable style of clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign® to gradually adjust your teeth in as little as six to eight weeks. Every two weeks you will switch to a new set of clear, plastic aligners that are tuned to bring you one step closer to your ideal smile.

If you think you might want braces as an adult, then call Rollins and Petersen Orthodontics today and see what our team can do for you!