Are you considering getting braces as an adult?
Did you know that studies have suggested that we may be drawn by our own biology to those with more even teeth? It appears that our preference for straight teeth is not just a cultural phenomenon. Straight teeth are viewed by others in a positive light because they tend to occur most often in those who are both healthy and young. Straighter teeth are more commonly seen in those who have not aged enough to have significant wear to their teeth – and those who have not lost teeth or dental stability due to decay, advanced gum disease or problems with their overall health.
The evolutionary theory of natural selection suggests that factors associated with an increased chance of fertility (and therefore healthy offspring) are likely to be deemed ‘attractive’. Fair or not – this preference for a white, even smile is something that may occur at a subconscious, instinctual level.
You might already have thought about the aesthetic benefits of adult orthodontic treatment. But, the benefits of having necessary orthodontic work extend beyond aesthetics. Improper jaw alignment, misaligned bites and crooked teeth cause an array of issues as you age.
Braces are, therefore, an investment in your oral health.
4 Things to Know About Getting Braces as An Adult
1. There Are Options
If you are considering braces, you have multiple options.
Traditional braces are hardy and don’t break easily. Adults tend to avoid this option, though, because of the visibility of the braces.
Many adults opt for clear aligners like Invisalign , which are nearly invisible. The trays can be taken out to eat, too, which means you don’t have to worry much about missing out on your favourite meals.
2. You Might Need a Retainer
Once your braces come off, you’ll have a straight and healthy smile. But, the work doesn’t end there.
You’ll likely wear a retainer to keep your teeth properly aligned for six weeks after the braces are removed. You will still have to sleep with the retainer beyond six weeks (ideally, ongoing).
The good news is that most people find retainers convenient and comfortable.
3. Length of Treatment
You might have a goal in mind when it comes to getting braces as an adult. Remember to consider how long you will need to wear the braces for, though.
For instance, some people need to wear their braces for between 1.5 to 3 years.
4. Prevent Future Issues
Straightening your teeth is more than just having a perfect smile. Braces can help prevent oral health problems down the line.
For example, teeth that press up against each other are hard to clean and can cause plaque to build up. This build-up can lead to gum disease and decay.
Overall, realigning your teeth and getting braces as an adult can lead to better oral health for years to come. As everyone’s situation is unique, a consultation is the only way to know for sure if adult orthodontics is suitable in your case.
If you’re serious about braces, talk to Fine Orthodontics today to find the best solution for you.