Have you always wished for straighter teeth? Or maybe you’ve observed that your teeth have been getting further apart or closer together in new ways as you get older. After all, your teeth aren’t fixed. They change throughout your life. Understanding this, braces are becoming a more practical solution for many adults.
Braces Aren’t What They Used to Be
The old metal wire braces you likely remember from your childhood aren’t anything like the new modernized version of braces now. Braces are smaller and lighter than ever before because they utilize titanium alloys and composite metals and plastics. In other words, your braces would be really tough for anybody but you (and your orthodontist) to notice. This makes adult braces a far more discrete experience.
Adults will also have numerous different braces options available to them as treatment. Some of those options include:
Ceramic braces: These braces are flexible and lightweight. They are very hard to see although not completely transparent.
Clear braces: Clear plastic braces are almost completely unnoticeable. Now, clear doesn’t mean “invisible” but it does mean that they will most likely go unnoticed when you are out and about in your life.
Clear aligners: Clear aligners will straighten your teeth without the need for traditional braces which makes them particularly attractive to many people. They move your teeth slowly over time by supplying you with progressively straighter versions of the aligner. And those tooth aligners are clear, so they are not noticeable.
There’s no one best option. It all depends on what you prefer and the state of your teeth.
Your Dental Health Could be at Stake
Typically, braces are considered as an aesthetic solution. We want braces to be hard to see for cosmetic reasons, after all. But it’s about more than just how your teeth look. There can be serious consequences to your dental hygiene and your total oral health if you have cramped, displaced, and crooked teeth.
Misaligned teeth can cause some of the following health issues:
Misaligned bite: A misaligned bite, on one end of the spectrum, can cause you to bite down on your tongue and cheek. And constant pain and discomfort are at the other end of the misaligned bite spectrum.
Gum disease and tooth decay: When your teeth are really crowded, it’s hard to get in there and brush precisely, even for a dentist. Flossing between those teeth can be even more difficult. And this can result in a higher rate of tooth decay due to excessive bacterial accumulation. Over the years, this can lead to loss of teeth and other concerns.
As You Grow Older, Braces Can Get More Challenging
Younger children and teenagers normally do well with braces because they are more generally in good health. Various concerns make braces a bit more difficult for adults to use with an equal level of success. Your teeth have been through a lot by the time you’re in your 20s, 30s, or older.
Here are some of the particular concerns:
Tooth loss: Losing a couple of teeth over the years is not uncommon for most adults. And that can lead to the drift you’re trying to deal with in the first place! When you’re an adult you could require a bone implant to fix your problem because your teeth aren’t as flexible as they once were.
Resorption: Tooth decay is bad enough but tooth resorption is even worse. In instances of resorption, the root of the tooth is absorbed back into the body. When the tooth does not have any root to anchor to, it can easily fall out. The tooth might be able to be saved by your orthodontist by catching the problem early enough. But keeping track of your overall oral health is essential. It could be crucial to know the status of your roots if you’re thinking of getting braces.
Tooth erosion: Each day you chew a lot. This can, with time, impact your bite by causing erosion. A more functional bite, made possible by braces, can make a big difference.
Many adults have achieved positive results from braces. Braces can resolve a whole host of issues all while making your teeth and smile more beautiful.