Not long ago we thought of orthodontics as something just for kids and teenagers. The word “orthodontics” conjured up images of big smiles full of metal and multi-colored rubber bands. The idea of adult braces was undesirable for some, and unacceptable for many.
Those days are over! More adults are getting orthodontic treatment every day, and it’s not just for aesthetics. Straight and even teeth provide much more than a great smile, they are crucial to your overall health and well-being.
With such options as Invisalign aligners, faster treatment programs, and ever evolving technology, orthodontics are becoming more mainstream and common for adults of all ages.
Preserving Your Teeth
When your teeth fit together properly they won’t literally work against themselves. Uneven teeth will grind against each other, causing unnecessary wear and tear to your teeth, which will have an impact on your oral health.
When your teeth fit together properly you won’t have those tiny chips that result from banging your teeth at odd angles. You will be able to chew your food more effectively, and therefore able to eat the foods you need for proper nutrition and overall health.
When your teeth are properly aligned and straight, you greatly increase your chances of keeping all of your own teeth for the rest of your life.
Orthodontics isn’t simply about having the perfect smile, it’s one of the best forms of preventative dentistry there is.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
When you get older, your teeth start to crowd together. This makes it harder to clean in between them. Harmful bacteria will begin to settle in those hard to reach places, and this is not healthy for your gums or the rest of your body. Those harmful bacteria can enter into your bloodstream through your gums, causing other health risks and illnesses.
The health of your gums is a crucial element to your oral health. When your teeth are straight it is easier to keep your gums clean and healthy, because you can reach them better.
Treatment Options for Adults
Adults hesitate to seek out orthodontic treatment for various reasons. Some don’t like the idea of wearing braces, but now we have Invisalign aligners to offer. They are clear and virtually invisible, so you won’t have the chunky look and feel of metal braces.
Some people dread the process of being fitted for their orthodontic pieces. In the past you had to suffer through making molds of your mouth using goopy material. The prospect of having trays of goo shoved into their mouths turns them off since this can cause a gag reflex, and sometimes anxiety. With the more modern iTero Technology we can avoid that. This technology uses digital imaging to create much better images of your mouth and teeth than the goopy stuff ever did!
Orthodontic care has become an easier and quicker process than it was in the past. There are sleeker less obvious devices to wear, and the process has become less cumbersome and uncomfortable.
If you think you could be in need or orthodontic care but you believe you’re too old…you’re not! We offer excellent orthodontic care to patients of all ages. We’re a top 1% Invisalign provider, and we carry some of the latest and best technology available.
Contact us today for a free consultation. It is never too late to seek out orthodontic care, and it will help ensure you to a happy smile and a healthy you!