Better oral health, a nicer smile and greater self-esteem are all good reasons to consider orthodontic treatment as an adult.
Today it is understood in most social settings that adults have many reasons to seek orthodontic treatment. It is estimated that 20-30 percent of orthodontic patients – more than one million people in the U.S. – are adults. A contemporary news anchor notes in her memoir, If as a child you were blessed by nature or orthodontia with teeth as even as piano keys, you cannot know what it is to be a dentally impaired adult in a society that prizes the perfect smile. You cannot know the indignity of having a dentist peer into your mouth and sadly say, “You could be a pretty woman if you did something about these teeth.”
Also, remember that chewing is the first part of digestion. If you do not chew your food properly, the rest of you digestive system will have to work harder. The harder you digestive system works, the faster it ages. Orthodontic treatment can prevent premature aging of your digestive system.
When your teeth are crooked, they are harder to clean and will wear unevenly. Your gums can get inflamed and your teeth hurt. Eventually, you will lose your teeth. Orthodontic treatment can inhibit gum problems and prevent tooth loss. Adults most often seek braces to correct crowded teeth, which can be difficult to clean and more prone to decay. Also common are gaps between teeth, protruding front teeth and teeth in abnormal positions, all of which can be fixed with braces.
Another reason to consider orthodontics as an adult is the pain of a bad bite. A bad bite can cause tension headaches and other problems. Fortunately, adult orthodontic treatment is commonplace and much less intrusive on your lifestyle than you may think. Shortened treatment and appointment times, technological advancements in orthodontic materials used, together with smaller orthodontic appliances all contribute to a less-invasive orthodontic experience than older patients may have heard of in years past.
Today, orthodontic appliances are much less noticeable than before, and treatment times are generally faster than they were a generation or two ago. Brackets are now available in clear, ceramic styles, and today the traditional metal brackets are much smaller than many older patients remember from the large, clunky metal brackets of orthodontic appliances of the past.
Now is the time for you to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Getting Started: You don’t need a referral from your family dentist to make an appointment with Pulsipher Orthodontics. While many patients are referred by their general dentists, you are encouraged to take an initiative to schedule an examination to see how you or your child may benefit from orthodontic treatment.