September 26, 2016
When people think of braces, they think of teenagers. It’s been like that in our culture for so long, it will probably never go away. There’s a reason for that, of course. You don’t want to get orthodontic treatment when your teeth are just going to shift out of alignment right afterward. It’s usually around your early teens when your teeth have almost stopped moving. Then you can get orthodontic care and enjoy the benefits for years to come.
Nothing lasts forever, unfortunately. Many adults have discovered that they could use orthodontic treatments as well. Here are five reasons why you might need braces, Invisalign, ClearCorrect, or other orthodontics as an adult.
1. You have a problem with your bite that can cause other problems.
Occlusion is the technical term for how your teeth come together when you bite. Normally, your teeth just touch. When they don’t, you have malocclusion. Overbites and underbites are the most common forms of malocclusion, but you could have a crossbite as well. No matter which term applies, the end result can be the same: your teeth will develop worn spots on the enamel, and you could develop pain in your jaw joints or TMJ.
While orthodontic treatments like traditional braces, Invisalign, and ClearCorrect are primarily there to move your teeth, they can help move your jaw as well. This can correct for any malocclusion, which will help your teeth stay healthier.
2. You want to look better so you can feel better, too.
For some, trying to look good is a sign of vanity. However, that is far from the truth. There’s a world of difference between wanting to always look better than anyone else and trying to look good for yourself. That’s why you wear a nice outfit when heading to a new party or an important meeting. You know that, when you feel confident about how you look, you feel better about yourself. It can help you feel more confident about many things in your life.
If you look in the mirror and see a crooked smile, you know that doesn’t look great. Invisalign, ClearCorrect, traditional braces, and dentofacial orthodontics all help your smile. You’ll see a smile full of straight, even teeth. Once you know how good you look, you’ll feel better as well.
3. An injury caused your straight teeth to look not-so-straight.
It’s a trite phrase, but it’s real: Life happens. Despite our best plans and carefulness, accidents and injuries can hit us unawares. You could get in a car or bike accident. You can get hit in the mouth by a stray puck or ball. You could even simply trip and land wrong. When you have an accident that involves your teeth, you could have a misaligned smile.
By getting orthodontic treatment to make your teeth straight again, you accomplish two tasks. First, you improve the way your smile looks. That can make you feel better about yourself. Orthodontics can also help you move past an accident. Instead of seeing the results of that incident, you only see a great-looking smile.
4. Orthodontic treatments were too expensive when you were growing up.
Many people get braces or a similar orthodontic treatment in middle or high school. Others wait until college or right afterward. Orthodontic treatments are sometime covered by dental insurance, but not always. That could mean you didn’t have the money to pay for them when you were younger. You’ve learned to deal with your crooked teeth.
Now that you are an adult, you have a greater chance at affording it. Plus, more insurance companies are covering orthodontic treatments these days. For those who couldn’t afford braces, Invisalign, or ClearCorrect in the past, many can afford them now.
5. Decades of chewing have moved a few of your teeth.
If you think your teeth eventually stop moving, you’d be incorrect. Sure, your teeth are rooted in your jawbone. They’re not going to slide around like when you were a child. But your teeth never fully stop moving. Whenever you chew, you’re putting pressure on and in between your teeth. Do this a few times a day, and it’s no problem. Do this repeatedly every day for decades, and you can see how chewing can move your teeth a bit.
That’s how you can have a crooked smile even if you had braces as a kid. No one wants to settle for a smile full of misaligned and crooked teeth. Getting traditional braces, Invisalign, or ClearCorrect as an adult can give you back the smile you worked hard to have.
At our Norton Shores, MI dental office, you can get several orthodontic treatments. Traditional braces still work well and are especially good at treating malocclusion and severe cases. If you don’t like the idea of metal braces, you can opt for Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Both are made from clear plastic, so they are almost invisible when worn. Call us today at 231-366-4182 for your next orthodontic appointment.