Braces aren’t just for kids anymore.
Although there are many reasons for adults to consider braces, most people simply want to look and feel their best. Here are a few leading causes for a trip to the orthodontist:
A straighter smile. Who doesn’t want to perfect their pearly whites for a winning smile? That logic might pay off. A study compared people’s reactions to photos that were manipulated to show either straight or crooked teeth. People with straight teeth rated higher on scores of leadership, popularity, and sports ability. The only score that didn’t change was intelligence.
Better oral health. It’s no surprise that straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. So — if you’re doing your part — expect less decay and healthier gums. Antibacterial mouth rinses also help keep your teeth and gums free of plaque-causing bacteria that can otherwise lead to gingivitis, an early, mild form of gum disease.
Braces can help manage some more serious issues, too, such as bite problems that cause jaw pain. In some cases, braces are needed to change the position of neighboring teeth for a new bridge, crown, or implant.
Today’s braces are barely noticeable. Choices include:
- Ceramic braces made of a clear material that’s much less obvious than traditional metal braces.
- Brackets attached to the back of teeth holding wires that pull them into a new position.
- Customized plastic aligners that fit like tooth guards over teeth, gently moving your bite into a new position.
What to Expect
How long you’ll need to wear braces depends on several factors. Most adult orthodontic treatments at PureSmile range from 3 to 12 months. Our 3-month treatment plan is especially popular among adults, understandably!