Braces for Adults
When you were a teenager, a lot of your friends probably had braces. You thought you were lucky to not have gone through the ordeal of braces when you were a teenager. In fact, you may have thought you had escaped the whole notion of braces at all. However, with age comes wisdom, and changes in your teeth. As you get older, you may decide it is time for braces. However, you don’t really want the same kind of braces as kid or teen, so what’s a grownup to do? Are there braces specifically for adults? Senestraro Family Orthodontics has answers to your questions. Give us a minute to tell you about adult braces.
Why Do I Need Braces As An Adult?
There are many adults who make a decision to get braces later in their lives. They aren’t happy with the way their teeth look. Adults want to feel better when they smile in the mirror. They want their smiles to reflect confidence and boost their self-esteem. There are also adults who get braces for other reasons as well. They may have problems with their bite, which could cause excessive tooth wear. The bite of some adults could even be painful if their bite is incorrect, and over time, it could be difficult to talk or eat. Incorrect or improper bites could lead to lifelong problems for adults.
Some adults have issues with tooth spacing as well, and some spacing issues are severe enough to need braces. Teeth that are poorly spaced or overcrowded can also cause problems with speech and bite problems. When teeth are overcrowded, they can wear excessively, and even crack from additional strain. People with large gaps between their teeth can also have problems with their jaws and bone loss. There are times that adults get braces as a precursor for other procedures as well. For example, if an adult needs implants, they may need to get braces first to correct their bite. Adults could also get braces for bite correction before other procedures, such as bridges or even partial dentures.
What Kind of Braces Do Adults Need?
There are different options for braces for adults. You may want to think about getting traditional metal braces in some cases. These are good for some adults who have severe overcrowding issues or issues with their bite. Traditional braces are a pain, but there are some ways that you can minimize the look of traditional braces. You can get ceramic brackets to make the braces less visible. You can also benefit from removable aligners instead of braces, depending on your issues. These aligners are removable so that you can eat, drink, brush, and floss. Because they are invisible, they are much harder to see, which most adults love.
Do you need braces? Do you want to improve the look of your smile? We can help! Give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 917-5352.
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