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5 Reasons to Consider Adult Braces (Smile Elements)

Posted by Dr. Hisham Badawi | September 25 2019

5 Reasons to Consider Adult Braces (Smile Elements)


Many people believe braces are only beneficial for children, but that isn’t the case! More adults are opting for orthodontic treatment and loving the results. Having straight teeth can make significant changes in a person's life. Those who are seeking orthodontic treatment now have more options than ever before, no one should feel self conscious of their smile. There is no age restriction on having a healthy smile, here are five reasons why you should consider getting braces in adulthood.


Maintain a Healthy Mouth





Crooked teeth easily allow for the build up of tartar and plaque to happen, despite a good oral health care routine you might not be able to see the areas being infected. Often times crooked teeth lead to tooth decay and cavities which can be painful and in some cases become dangerous to your overall health. Braces will make it much easier for you to brush the surfaces of your teeth and they will improve the quality of the cleaning your dentist can provide. Having a straight smile allows you to better care for your teeth and take preventative measures to ensure your healthy smile won’t be affected by preventable dental infections.







Regain Confidence







Not having confidence to smile because of an overbite or crooked teeth can cause major self esteem issues. Bad breath and discolored teeth can be caused by dental imperfections which can also feel embarrassing. Many people who seek orthodontic treatment in their later years do so because they feel their smile is holding them back. Regardless of your age, orthodontic treatment will help you regain your confidence by making your teeth look great on the outside and extremely healthy on the inside. Don’t let your teeth stand between you and doing what you love, regain your confidence with braces. Getting back to the dating scene or speaking up during a work meeting has never been easier. You won’t want to stop smiling knowing that your dream grin is well on it’s way.




You Have Options






Adult braces don’t have to be similar to those of a child, there are many options for adults who are looking for a more discreet treatment. Though traditional metal braces are still an option for adults who wish to show off their fun loving personality through colorful bands, those who wish to be a little more discreet have the option of clear braces. What separates clear braces from other braces is their clear brackets that blend into your teeth making them much less noticeable. Invisalign clear aligners are also a great option for those opting for a more discreet treatment. What separates the clear aligners from the brackets is, the aligners go over your teeth and appear completely invisible. The aligners are also easily removable which means you won’t have any dietary restrictions over the course of your treatment and you won’t have to change your oral health care routine at home. Talk to your orthodontist to find out what treatment works best for you.



Improves Quality of Life






There are many ways that braces can improve your quality of life. Looking good and feeling good is definitely one of them, but did you know braces can help with things like speech and digestion? It’s true! Many people who opt for dental treatment do so to improve their speech among other problems they feel to be hindering their life. The alignment of your teeth affect every aspect of your mouth during and after your developing years which would explain a number of different health concerns you could be experiencing with crooked teeth. Not only do braces improve your appearance but they have the ability to improve many other problems a well.



Prevent Bone Erosion






Bone erosion is a huge problem that people who have crooked teeth are at a greater risk of facing. Bone erosion, otherwise known as Periodontitis, is a gum infection that destroys the bone that supports your teeth. The reason people who have crooked teeth are at a greater risk of having Periodontitis is due to the fact it develops from poor oral hygiene habits. Those with crooked teeth are not always able to floss,brush and clean the surface of their mouth properly due to the alignment of their teeth which results in infections similar to this one. People who have (or had) orthodontic treatment are less likely to develop these infections due to the fact they are able to maintain a healthy smile much easier with straight teeth. Brushing,flossing and the use of mouthwash are much more effective when you do not have overlapping or crooked teeth simply because you are able to hit every surface of your mouth with ease. Periodontitis and other oral infections are highly preventable, scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist and implementing a good oral health care routine at home are both great ways to prevent infections from settling in.

Topics: Orthodontics, Braces

Written by Dr. Hisham Badawi

An accomplished clinician, researcher, speaker and subject matter expert, with broad, in-depth and hands-on experience in many verticals within the healthcare space including technology applications in clinical practice, clinical research, biomechanics, bioinformatics, intellectual property, software development, clinical data sciences, and healthcare data privacy regulations.

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