If you’ve ever considered orthodontic treatment but thought braces were only for teenagers, think again. Many adults seek orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons, and having braces is not something to be ashamed of. Here are a few reasons to consider orthodontic treatment as an adult.
1. Options: In the past, metal braces were one of the only options for fixing crooked teeth. They were a source of embarrassment and discomfort. Now, there are a variety of less obvious orthodontic treatments so that you can get the treatment you want without feeling self-conscious. For example, Incognito braces are applied behind the teeth so that they are relatively invisible. Invisalign also offers clear aligners for patients worried about having “metal mouth.” This range of treatment options lets you live your normal life without worrying about how you are perceived.
2. Professionalism: Personal appearance can affect how people interact with you on a social and professional level. Many adults feel that orthodontic treatments allow them to appear more professional, and the confidence you’ll feel with a healthy smile will go a long way.
3. Dental Health: Though some of the reasons people undergo orthodontic treatment are strictly cosmetic, there are also health benefits to having straighter teeth. If you have teeth that are misaligned or overlapping, there is a greater chance of plaque buildup. Plaque and tartar can lead to cavities and periodontal disease, so it’s best to speak with your dentist and orthodontist to see if orthodontic treatment could benefit your oral health.
At Orthodontic Associates, we have extensive experience in helping people of all ages with their orthodontic health. If you’re in the Baltimore area, don’t hesitate to call us at (443) 341-4948 to learn about braces and orthodontic treatment.