Despite what many people think, braces are not just for teenagers. Dentists and orthodontists will both tell you that it’s never too late for anyone to improve his or her smile. In fact, there are approximately 1 million Americans over the age of 18 who have braces on their teeth right now. Many times a dentist can help you determine if you need orthodontic treatment, and there are many options available from your dentist’s office specifically for adults including clear baces such as Invisalign or six-month braces like Six Month Smiles. If you need to see a specific orthodontist for more specialized alignment of the teeth, you or your dentist can set up an evaluation.
Many adults never received orthodontic treatment as a child to correct problems such as crooked or misaligned teeth, and over or underbite, crowded teeth, or jaw problems. Money may have been an issue for the family, the time commitment may have been an issue for the teen or his/her parents. However, if problems with the teeth are left untreated, these problems can lead to oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, chronic headaches, and trouble speaking, biting, or chewing correctly.
Braces work in the exact same way for adults as they do for children and teenagers. While the average teen wears braces 1-2 years, the average adult may have to wear braces 18 months – 3 years. But don’t let those numbers scare you! The benefits of having a healthy, beautiful smile can take you far in life. A healthy, beautiful smile is a confident smile – and confidence can take you farther in your adult life, professionally and personally.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
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