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How Adults Benefit from Braces

July 18, 2018

For many adults, having Broomfield braces was not an option. It may have possibly been too expensive or just not made a priority by parents. However, just because a person didn’t get braces when they were younger does not mean they are not ever able to have braces. You may fall into this category and to your surprise, there are several options available today that are affordable, convenient and more natural in appearance. The time commitment and investment will have such a great return on investment in the long term. Explore the importance of having braces as an adult and how thankful you will be you had them in the long-term.

Introduction to Braces

While braces have a cosmetic impact, they do much more. In fact, their health benefits alone can help a person much more in the long-term. How? When a person’s teeth are straight, they are easier to keep clean. But there are several other benefits and factors.

When the teeth and jaw are in line, issues are prevented or alleviated. Some of these problems include:
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Speech issues
  • Mouth tooth, and jaw pain
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Headaches
  • TMJ symptoms

Each plan for braces is different but very affordable. The money you will save by having braces as an adult can save thousands down the road. In some cases, you can have braces for under $4,000. You can discuss with your local orthodontics on your plan and how much it will cost.

Importance of Straight Teeth

Straight teeth look great, but you may not realize how important this is to your overall health. When teeth are crooked or crowded, which is also known as malocclusion of the teeth, it makes it nearly impossible to fully clean them—even for the most diligent of people. This happens because there are places that cannot be reached both with a toothbrush and floss. These areas become more subjected to cavities and/or gum disease. Ensuring the teeth are in order will resolve and prevent these issues.

Health Issues

Delving into health issues, while cavities can be filled, for those without straight teeth, it can be detrimental. The cavities or built-up plaque and other damage can lead to tooth decay. This leads to the build-up of bacteria in the mouth and inflamed gums. You may be saying to yourself, “So I’ll just have mouth issues.”

Unfortunately, the bacteria can spread throughout your body and potentially cause diabetes, heart disease, various types of cancer, issues in pregnancy, osteoporosis, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis, and much more—including the loss of teeth.

How do you know you have issues with your gums? Signs include:
  • Red gums
  • Swelling along the gum line
  • Bleeding after brushing and/or flossing
  • Canker sores
  • Pain in gums
  • Pockets (bubble-like) between the teeth

As you face any of these issues, it is important that you understand proper brushing and flossing techniques. Just as important, you need to make braces a top priority.

Bite and Jaw Alignment

Millions of Americans suffer from some type of issue stemming from a misaligned jaw. This causes your bite to be off, as well as a slew of other issues.

There are a wide array of jaw issues, some of which include:
  • Crossbite: The teeth are slanted to one side
  • Crowding: When teeth are too close together
  • Open bite: Top and bottom teeth do not properly close, leaving open space
  • Overbite: The top jaw is over the lower jaw
  • Underbite: The lower row of teeth sits over the top teeth

Options for Adults

Having braces as an adult is different than the options available 20+ years ago. One of the latest advancements popular among all people in need of braces is Invisalign®, a clear form of braces. You may be eligible for this treatment depending on the issues your orthodontist says needs to be treated. Options from your local orthodontist include:
  • In-Ovation R: Most affordable solution for orthodontic wear. In-Ovation R braces have small, metal brackets. Unlike traditional braces, the way they have a self-litigating design, meaning a person will not need to go in several times to have braces tightened as often. The brackets are silver and smooth. These are ideal for those with alignment issues both with the teeth and jaw.
  • In-Ovation C: This type of braces is very similar to the In-Ovation R with some added benefits. Their translucent, ceramic construction is less noticeable and smoother on the gums. They too have a self-litigating design, saving you time and money on visits to the dentist. They are commonly used for those with both malocclusion and jaw alignment problems.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of customized clear aligners. Upon a consultation with your orthodontist, you will receive a supply of aligners. You will wear a set of aligners for most of the day, only removing them to eat, drink, and normal care of teeth. This option can be done on your own, meaning you only need to check in with your dentist just a few times during the duration of using the aligners. These can be used for malocclusion issues, but not jaw problems.  

Time Commitment

As you become intrigued by braces, understand your options and health benefits they bring, you may be wondering… “how long will I have to wear braces?” Each person and situation are different. On average, one can expect to have braces for up to one or two years. If there are serious malocclusion or jaw issues, it could potentially be up to three issues. While this may seem like a long time, it is important to have done. When you care for your teeth, you will reduce or eliminate pain and protect yourself from diseases down the road. Make time for finding room for your perfect smile through a visit to your Thornton orthodontist. You will be glad you did!

Prentice Orthodontics is your go-to local orthodontics team that will help you every step of the way for braces. We have a variety of options to resolve your issues, leading to a lifetime of comfortability and a great smile. Schedule your free consultation today by calling us at 303-468-7722.