Braces aren't just for kids any more. More than one of ever five people receiving orthodontic treatment is over twenty-one. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) estimates that more than 1,000,000 adults in the United States and Canada are currently receiving treatment.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, although the health of the teeth, gums and supporting bones may influence the end results. However, healthy teeth can be moved at any age and many orthodontic problems can be remedied in adults as easily as they can be for children. Almost anyone of any age can benefit from braces for adults because you're never too old to be at your best. Dentists regularly treat patients in their 50's, 60's and even older, although treatment may take longer due to the maturity of the bone. Also, lack of jaw growth may create different treatment planning needs for an adult, which an orthodontist can identify. However, the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same in adults as it is in children.
Braces for adults can make a wonderful change for the better. There are many reasons why braces for adults are a good idea. When left untreated, problems like crowding of the teeth or gaps in the teeth can get worse and lead to dental health concerns. Crowded teeth may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. A bad bite can also result in the abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty chewing and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. It can also lead to pain in the joints of the jaw.
Braces weren't fashionable or affordable years ago but that doesn't mean that you have to go through life with a bad bite. These days, braces for adults are being made more agreeable by moulding them out of materials like plastic and ceramic, which are clear or tooth-colored. And some braces for adults, called "lingual braces," can be fitted on the inside of teeth, completely out of sight. Your orthodontist can help you to decide if any of these options are right for you, as these materials are not as strong as traditional braces and may need to be worn longer.
A new technology for adults, called "High Speed Braces," can straighten adult teeth and give you a beautiful smile in just 6 months.
Today's braces for adults will not interfere with your lifestyle, allowing you to sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss and even have your picture taken.
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