When people think of orthodontics, they often envision a mouth full of brackets, wires, and bands. If you’re an adult who wasn’t given the opportunity to wear braces when you were younger, this may seem unappealing, no matter how unhappy you are with your smile. Orthodontics have come a long way in the past decade, though. My adult patients can now have the straight teeth they’ve always wanted without worrying about “metal mouth.”
If you think that orthodontics are simply cosmetic, think again. My adult patients enjoy a number of additional benefits from treatment. Read more.
Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Your Confidence
Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Do you tend to smile with a closed mouth? If you do either of these because you’re embarrassed by misaligned teeth, then orthodontics can certainly help you. Adults who have undergone orthodontic treatments experience a boost in self-esteem and renewed confidence in their appearance.
Orthodontic Treatment Can Prevent Future Complications
While straight teeth may be the end game, orthodontics are a useful tool in preventing health concerns, such as:
- TMD and other jaw disorders — When your bite is not properly aligned, it can affect your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. TMJ disorders can cause headaches, earaches, neck aches, and even lock jaw. Orthodontics can place your teeth in the optimal position, allowing you to live free of pain that results from misalignment.
- Gum disease — Overcrowded teeth are difficult to clean, particularly between teeth and along the gumline. When plaque and bacteria accumulate in these areas, your gums become inflamed and may begin to bleed. Orthodontics can repair overcrowded teeth, allowing you to properly care for your smile and avoid gingivitis or periodontitis.
- Tooth loss — When there are significant gaps in your bite, your teeth can shift out of position, causing alignment problems. Additionally, the jaw structure that anchors your teeth can atrophy and fail to keep your teeth firmly in place. A properly aligned bite prevents this type of bone loss, giving you a better chance of keeping your teeth.
These are just a few of the complications that can be caused by misaligned teeth. While straight teeth are certainly aesthetically pleasing, they are also necessary to live your healthiest lifestyle.
If you’re unhappy with the alignment of your teeth, now is the time to take action. Not only can orthodontics allow you to have a beautiful smile, but they can help you avoid future complications that are highly preventable. To see if orthodontics are right for you, contact my office to schedule a consultation.