Many people think that braces are for teenagers who need treatment before they become adults. However, this isn’t always the case. More and more adults are opting for braces either to improve their appearance, to get the corrections they didn’t get as a child, or both. If you are embarrassed about your smile and have other dental problems you should consider braces for adults. Here are four reasons for adults to consider getting braces.

Oral Health Contributes to Overall Health

Straight teeth are easier to keep clean by brushing and flossing. When the gums are healthy, there is less chance of developing periodontal disease, which can contribute to cardiovascular problems, diabetes and other serious medical conditions. Correcting a bad bite can also keep more problems from popping up in the future.

Improve Your Appearance and Confidence

Straight teeth are considered more attractive than crooked teeth. When your teeth look good, you are not embarrassed to smile. Crooked teeth may tend to become stained more easily because they are difficult to keep clean. This adds to the problem.

Adult Orthodontic Treatments Take Less Time

Several decades ago, adults may have needed to wear braces for two to three years. With the development of new technology, this is no longer the case. For some dental problems, the time may be just a matter of months and you will see results quickly. Shorter treatment time also means fewer trips to our orthodontist for checkups and less time away from work.

Several Discrete Options

While you can have traditional metal braces if you prefer, there are other more discrete options, such as the Damon System, that will make it difficult if not impossible for people to notice that you are wearing braces. The most popular is Invisalign®, a treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to gently push your teeth into the correct position. Invisalign® braces have many advantages over other discrete braces such as ceramic or lingual braces.

Almost one-third of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. are adults. Many of them needed orthodontic treatment as children but never got it. When you visit our specialist at Unique Orthodontics you can learn about the many options available to you for finally getting your teeth straightened, so you can have the smile you have always wanted. We have locations in Fresno, Old Town Clovis, Madera, Tulare, and the Buchanan Area. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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