Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that one of every five orthodontic patients is an adult. Healthy teeth can be straightened at any age, but “healthy” is the pivotal term. It is important to take care of existing problems like gum disease, tooth decay, or breakage before starting a plan of orthodontics.
Why are grown-ups making this life changing decision? Today we know that an attractive smile with straight, evenly-spaced teeth is a proactive investment in self-esteem and future success.
An increasing number of adult patients in the Chicago area are considering Braces for these reasons:
- Discreet treatment – Orthodontic appliances have changed a lot since the days of silver bands, brackets, and heavy wires. Many options are now available that are much less obvious, with small clear brackets, tooth colored wires, and transparent aligners. Patients can speak clearly, eat a well-rounded diet, play sports . . . and SMILE with today’s braces.
- Comfort – Modern braces are also more comfortable to wear, for many of the same reasons cited above. The sleeker appliances and thinner wires are less likely to irritate soft tissues, and with Invisalign (clear, removable aligners) there are no tightening visits.
- Hygiene and oral health – Keeping teeth clean while straightening with conventional braces can be a bit of a challenge, but once treatment is completed hygiene is easier. Teeth can be brushed more thoroughly and flossed correctly. That means a brighter looking smile and fresher breath. It also means reduced risk of gum disease and cavities.
- Conserving natural tooth structure – There was a time when porcelain veneers were a common choice for adult patients with mildly crooked teeth. However, with braces healthy, white teeth can be brought into attractive alignment without altering tooth structure.
Your smile plays a big role in how you are perceived by others. It is even more important to your self-image. See yourself as friendly, confident, and approachable with a naturally gorgeous, straight smile.