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Am I Too Old For Braces?

August 31, 2021

Many people believe that preteens and adolescents exclusively wear braces; however, adults also use props. Indeed, braces are worn by more than a million adults, and the tendency is just going up in the coming years. If you're unhappy about how you look, adult braces can help you improve your smile and oral hygiene. As an adult, there are five advantages to have braces.

Why Orthodontic Braces May Be Right For You

It would be ideal for a human's teeth to line up as perfectly as a piano keyboard. The unfortunate truth is that many people are troubled by crowded smiles, misshapen teeth, and misaligned bites. These issues are more than just aesthetic problems. Dental caries and gum disorders are more likely when teeth are crowded or overlapped. Malocclusion, or a "bad bite," occurs when teeth do not come together correctly when you close your jaws. This can lead to eating problems. When teeth are misaligned, certain sounds can be challenging to pronounce. The chewing muscles are also overworked, resulting in pain. The ideal treatment for such distorted alignment is orthodontic braces.

1. Option Availability

While conventional metal orthodontics braces are the standard for many braces users, alternative orthodontic treatment choices are available to you for aligning your teeth.

Dentists may suggest dental aligners or porcelain braces, depending on your budget and the severity of your misaligned or crooked teeth. In the same way as traditional metal brackets, porcelain or ceramic braces are placed on the teeth.

2. You Gain More Than Just Straight Teeth

The form of your mouth and jaw changes as you get older. Teeth shifting occurs as your jawbone loses density. The crowding of your teeth leads to discomfort and pain while eating and swallowing. Overlapping teeth are also harder to maintain clean, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

Braces not only offer you a more natural smile by straightening your teeth, but they also provide dental health benefits. Orthodontic treatment is often chosen by individuals over the age of 50 owing to discomfort in the mouth.

3. You Feel More Confident in Yourself, and Your Smile

It has been shown that individuals with straighter teeth are more likely to be seen as successful than someone with deformed teeth. Because people connect straight teeth with wellness and health, apparent faults in the smile may give others a negative first perception of you, whether you go on a date, seek work, or meet someone for the first time.

Braces make you feel more confident about your smile since you no more have to be embarrassed about your teeth. 

4. The Treatment Is Affordable

As it turns out, braces aren't as costly as you may have thought. Expenditures vary depending upon the case. The expenses of orthodontic treatment may even be covered by your dental insurance when you require them for reasons other than aesthetics, such as avoiding tooth decay or improving your speech and eating habits.

Many dental plans include orthodontics, so check with your insurance provider to see whether you have orthodontic coverage. Payment arrangements via medical loan companies are accessible if you don't have dental insurance.

It depends on what kind of braces you require when it comes to the price of adult braces. Props for the lingual teeth are usually more expensive than conventional braces. Depending on your dental health requirements and budget, your dentist will recommend the most acceptable braces options for you.

5. You Won't Have to Wear Braces for the Rest of Your Life

Depending on the kind of braces you select, how distorted your grin is, and other variables, the length of time you will need to wear braces may vary. Adults often wear braces for 18 to 26 months. As your teeth respond to therapy, your dentist will modify your braces every few weeks. You'll be fitted with a retainer once the dentist removes your braces to keep the new smile in place.

It's normal to have sore gums and mouth after getting braces. Chewing and speaking would be unpleasant until you get accustomed to them. Maintaining good dental health while wearing braces is easy if you follow the tips provided by your dentist.

How Do Braces Work?

Orthodontics is based on applying pressure to the teeth to move them into a new position. By connecting mechanical appliances or devices to your teeth, the orthodontist can gently roll them in the wrong direction. The root of a tooth is pushed against the underneath alveolar bone when pressure is applied to the tooth. Finally, a piece of bone around the root dissolves, enabling the tooth to migrate in its new orientation due to this stress. New bone grows on the opposite side of the root once the tooth migrates. This makes it impossible for the tooth to go back to its original location. One or more teeth may need to be removed before you may begin orthodontic therapy. 

Among orthodontic appliances, braces are the most prevalent. When used correctly, they may move teeth in several directions simultaneously and treat multiple teeth simultaneously. Brackets are cemented or glued to the tooth surfaces for these devices to function correctly. Archwires, which are connected to the molars at each end of the dental arch, are threaded through the brackets to control the force being applied to the teeth. To apply various pressures to specific teeth, wire arrangements may be modified. There are instances when elastic bands or springs are connected to the archwire to increase the directional thrust.

When braces are placed on teeth, it usually takes one to two hours to complete the process. After receiving braces and adjusting, you may experience some pain and discomfort for a few days, but this is temporary.

If you are interested in braces visit our comprehensive page about braces here. You can also contact our expert dental team at Dental Innovations Winslow anytime with any questions about your oral health, how you can improve your smile or any general inquiries.