Straighten up and smile right: braces for adults

November 18, 2012

Thinking about getting braces? You’re not alone. Orthodontics aren’t just for kids anymore. These days, more and more adults are opting for braces and other orthodontic treatment, and realizing the benefits of straighter, healthier teeth.

I’ve asked a number of my patients what made them decide to get braces as adults, and a few key reasons really stood out:
1. They can more readily afford the orthodontic care their parents couldn’t.
2. They realize what a difference a straighter smile can make for them both personally and professionally.
3. After watching their kids have their teeth straightened, they realized that they too deserved a better-looking smile.

Aesthetics and economics aside, having straight teeth is also good for you. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can affect your health in negative ways; crossed teeth trap food and build more plaque, which makes them harder to clean and can lead to periodontal disease. Plus, a poor bite can keep you from chewing properly, which can cause digestive issues.

But you don’t have to endure two years as a “metal mouth” to get a straight, healthy smile. In the last 20 years, orthodontics have really evolved. Some situations still require traditional braces (like when you have a significant bite problem or severely crooked or rotated teeth), but in most cases, they’re not the only option.

Clear braces. Smaller brackets made out of clear plastic are less obvious than metal braces, and work just as well. The only down side is that the adhesive that attaches them to your teeth can stain over time (especially if you’re a smoker or enjoy dark coloured drinks like coffee, cola or red wine).

“Invisible” braces. Lingual brackets aren’t really invisible, they’re positioned on the backs of your teeth where they can’t readily be seen.

Invisalign. If you hate the idea of metal or wires in your mouth, Invisalign could be a great option for you. With this system, there are no braces. Instead, you wear a series of clear, removable “aligners” that are adjusted every two weeks as your teeth shift slowly into place. Invisalign isn’t the right solution for everyone – it can’t address bite issues, or severe rotation or overcrowding – but it’s an exciting option for people who want to be a bit more subtle about their straightening.

If you have questions about orthodontics or any other aspect of your oral health, we’d be happy to talk to you. Please get in touch with us anytime at 905 637-5463 (KIND) or at info@desiredsmiles.com. We’d love to hear from you.

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