Thinking about braces? Wondering if it’s too late? Luckily, it’s never too late for braces. Adults can get braces at almost any age, and in fact, some people get braces when they are in their 60’s, 70’s, or even 80’s. Here is a look at some of the main reasons you may want or need adult braces.
You Feel Embarrassed About Your Smile
If you have gaps in your teeth, crooked teeth, or other issues, you may feel embarrassed about your smile. To correct those issues and regain your confidence, adult braces can be essential. You can opt for traditional braces, but if you want a more discrete solution, you should consider Invisalign or clear braces.
Your Teeth Are Crooked
Regardless of how you feel about your smile, crooked teeth can lead to a number of health issues. In particular, crooked teeth often rub against each other in odd ways. That wears down the enamel and leads to cavities. However, braces can adjust your teeth and help to safeguard against these issues.
Your Teeth Have Shifted Over Time
Even healthy teeth can move over time. If your teeth have shifted into the wrong spots during your adulthood, you may want adult braces to correct that issue. This can happen for a number of different reasons, but to give you an example, imagine that you have had a tooth extracted and the nearby teeth have shifted in that direction.
You Didn’t Wear Your Retainer as a Child
Some adults choose braces because their teeth have always been crooked or they have become crooked over time. However, in other cases, you may need adult braces because you didn’t finish your orthodontic treatment as a child. In particular, this happens in cases where young patients don’t wear their retainers. If you had braces as a child but then didn’t wear your retainer after the braces were removed, you may need adult braces to correct that issue.
You Are Having Jaw Pain
In a lot of cases, jaw pain due to issues such as TMJ can also be corrected with adult braces. Your teeth are designed to fit together perfectly, but when they are crooked, the biting surfaces don’t match up as they should. Eventually, that can lead to TMJ, headaches, or general jaw pain. We can let you know if you’re a good candidate for adult braces to help with TMJ.
You Can Afford Braces Now
In a lot of cases, adults get braces because it’s the first time in their lives that they can afford them. If your parents weren’t able to get you braces as a child but you can comfortably afford them now, you may want to treat yourself to braces. As explained above, braces can help with a number of dental issues, and they can also improve your smile.
At FUNtastic Pediatric Dental, we do braces for people of all ages including adults and children. If you’ve always wanted braces or if you need them for health reasons, contact us today. We can set up a consultation to talk about your options and help you find the right path forward.