Many people assume that braces are something only adolescents can benefit from, and that if you haven’t had your teeth straightened by the time you reach adulthood, it’s too late. This is untrue. Many adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces or Invisalign.
Why Would an Adult Need Braces?
Braces can be helpful for anyone whose teeth are not properly aligned. Although misalignment is most often treated in younger people, it can also be treated in adults. Reasons an adult might benefit from orthodontic treatment include:
- Teeth have shifted as you aged
- Lost teeth have caused other teeth to move
- You have developed temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
In any of these cases, you might benefit from orthodontic treatment. Having your teeth shifted back into the right position can reduce wear and tear and prevent eventual tooth loss. It can also prevent the onset of TMD. If you are already experiencing symptoms of TMD, orthodontic treatment could alleviate them by shifting your teeth, and by extension your jaw joint, back into the proper alignment.
Advantages of Invisalign
Many adults who could benefit from orthodontic work hesitate because they don’t want to wear traditional metal brackets and rubber bands for a significant amount of time. They might feel it would be detrimental to their appearance, or they might have a job that requires them to look a certain way on camera or in front of crowds
If you’re an adult who needs orthodontic treatment, talk to your dentist about Invisalign. This treatment offers several advantages over traditional metal braces, many of which could make you less reluctant to pursue important treatment. Some of the advantages of Invisalign include:
- The clear plastic trays used to move your teeth are unobtrusive
- The trays can be removed for short periods
- Invisalign is more comfortable
- The clear trays allow you to see your results more clearly
With Invisalign, you can have misalignment or other issues corrected without the inconvenience and discomfort of traditional metal braces. Talk to our dentist to find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you.