If you’re an adult who wants straighter teeth but thinks that braces are only for teenagers, we’ve got some news for you. The American Association of Orthodontists says that more and more adults are getting braces. At Henry Advanced Orthodontics in St. Augustine, we have several options for our adult patients.
Many of the adults who have opted for braces say that as a result, they’re enjoying improved lives, both personally and professionally. They certainly have better smiles, but it’s more than that. When teeth are brought into proper alignment, what orthodontic professionals call the ideal bite, it can help to prevent dental issues, as the years go by.
Some dental professionals say the increase in adult orthodontics can be traced to the introduction of Invisalign clear braces. Similar to an athlete’s mouth guard, Invisalign clear braces are nearly undetectable when you wear them – a big plus for adults who have to interact with others in professional settings. Even better, Invisalign clear braces can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth. You don’t have to mess with any metal or rubber bands.
About the only drawback, if it can be called that, is that it’s a little harder to bring adult teeth into proper alignment than it is teenage teeth. The reason, of course, is that younger teeth and jaws are still growing.
On the upside, though: adults usually take better care of their braces, whether they’re clear aligners or metal, than younger people do. That seems to be in line with another statistic. Adults these days have stronger teeth and are keeping them longer than adults from just one generation ago.
If you never had braces as a teenager but would still light straight teeth, give us a call at Henry Advanced Orthodontics in St. Augustine. We can schedule a consultation to go over the benefits of braces, and map out a treatment plant. Call us today.