Did you grow up getting teased about your teeth? Have you been embarrassed by your smile to the point that it affects you professionally or personally? Do you have difficulty eating certain foods because your bite is poor? There is no reason for you to wait another moment. Braces can improve the form and function of your teeth.
Historically, braces are associated with teenagers, but today, adults in increasing numbers are turning to orthodontics to correct aesthetic and malocclusion (bad bite) issues with their teeth. As teens with bad teeth age into adults, those adults are prioritizing their smiles and are turning to braces to achieve the look they’ve always desired.
Braces work effectively in adults and children. The only difference is that in young people, the ongoing and rapid bone growth experienced in the jawbone allows the braces to do their work in less time. Even though their bones are fully formed, adults can achieve the same results with braces as teens, but the course of treatment typically takes longer.
Adults are also more likely to recognize the health benefits of straighter teeth as being as important as the end-result improved aesthetics of the teeth. Straight teeth have a lower risk of general tooth decay. Bacteria, food debris and plaque can’t hide as easily from brushes and floss in an aligned mouth, reducing the odds of developing gum disease. Straighter teeth also aid in overall digestion, as an aligned bite allows food to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
There are several braces types available to adults:
- Traditional braces with metal or ceramic brackets. While the ceramic brackets are less obvious than the metal ones, they are more difficult to remove and can be stained over time.
- Lingual braces are worn inside the curve of the teeth and are completely invisible, but may affect speech until the tongue adjusts.
- Invisalign aligners are popular because they are removable and are almost invisible when in the mouth.
If you are considering braces and you live in the Sherman Oaks CA area, contact Dr. Fotovat today. There are many options are available to you that will have you enjoying a new smile.