There are many adults that could benefit from orthodontic treatment who avoid getting it. Some people are nervous about how they’ll look, while others worry it’ll be too inconvenient. It’s understandable to have concerns, but there are a lot of upsides to getting braces that people don’t consider. If you’re an adult and you think you may need orthodontic treatment, here are a few facts you might not know that can make the prospect a lot more appealing.
There are Many Types of Braces
Depending on your age, there’s a good chance that orthodontic technology has advanced considerably since you were younger. The braces you saw on your peers in middle and high school might not be the same as what you’d get now. For one thing, braces have gotten a lot smaller. While it’s a stretch to say they aren’t noticeable, they certainly aren’t as large as they used to be. There are also ceramic and clear braces that are significantly more subtle than traditional metal brackets.
Your Teeth will be Easier to Clean
There’s a myth that getting your teeth straightened will make oral hygiene more difficult. The thought is that closing the gaps in your teeth and making them flush with each other means that more food is more likely to get stuck in between them. As it turns out, the opposite is true—braces often separate crowded teeth, making them much easier to clean. This makes your oral hygiene much more effective, which means you’ll be better able to prevent gum disease and tooth decay once your orthodontic treatment is complete.
If you’re an adult, one of your primary concerns has got to be whether your braces will take time out of your busy day. Fortunately, modern dental technology will make your orthodontic appointment much more convenient than you would expect. You’ll probably have fewer appointments than you’d think, and many dentists will even see you over virtual appointments, which can make the whole process much easier.
If you’re still wondering whether to get adult braces or not, keep these things in mind. It can be surprisingly easy to get the smile of your dreams.
About the Author
Dr. Travis Rottman’s favorite thing about being a dentist is being able to make a positive impact in the lives of his patients. To do that, he works hard to understand everything he can about his field, including braces. Dr. Rottman is a graduate of the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, and he has continued learning ever since. He’s a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and routinely completes over 100 hours of continuing education every year. If you have any questions about getting adult braces, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (972) 848-0073.