Can adults get braces?
Believe it or not, many adults wonder if they can get braces. The answer is a resounding yes—in fact, if you’re an adult thinking about getting braces, then you probably should seek orthodontic treatment.
Most people associate braces with the pre-teen years, and assume that orthodontics are simply for cosmetic purposes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only are braces one of the best non-invasive treatments for crooked or misaligned teeth, but opting for orthodontic treatment as an adult is actually one of the best choices you can make for your long-term oral health.
Keep reading to find out why you—and adults of all ages—should consider getting braces.
Why Do Adults Need Braces?
Ever wonder why adults actually need braces?
While getting straight teeth—and the perfect smile you’ve always wanted—is a huge perk, it’s certainly not the only reason, or benefit, to getting braces as an adult. The reality is that the alignment of your teeth are directly linked to your overall dental health, and braces, like any orthodontic treatment, are an investment in your health.
In fact, getting braces can dramatically improve your overall dental health—they can even help ensure that you keep all of your original teeth throughout your entire life.
When teeth or crooked, crowded, or misaligned, they provide the perfect hiding place for harmful, hard-to-clean bacteria. When left untreated, the bacteria can ultimately lead to periodontal disease (gum infections).
What’s more, getting braces helps protect your adult teeth from serious long-term damage from abnormal trauma: when teeth are out of position, even simple things like chewing food can cause your teeth to bang into each other at odd angles, which eventually leads to wear and tear, chipping, cracking, and other perfectly preventable trauma.
Adult Braces: Even More Benefits
Perhaps one of the most important benefits to getting braces as an adult—other than achieving a perfect smile—is the preventative aspect orthodontics provide.
When you get braces, the oral health benefits are such that they all but guarantee that you keep your original teeth throughout your entire life: that means avoiding costly and painful dental procedures down the line, including having teeth pulled, restored, replaced with dental implants, and more.
The truth is, braces aren’t just a long-term investment in your oral health, and your overall health: they’re an investment in you.
To find out about the benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults, schedule an appointment today.