Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults. The increase in adult orthodontics over the past few years has largely been influenced by more aesthetic orthodontic options such as clear braces and clear aligners.
Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile, and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient.
Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?
Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth may be a very sensitive issue for some patients. Crooked teeth may also lead to difficulties in biting, chewing, and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
Reduction in general tooth decay
Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
Reduction in digestive disorders
Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as periodontal disease, excess plaque, and tooth decay.
If you have any questions about orthodontic braces, please contact our office.