While braces are commonplace among teens, not every teen gets them (even if they would benefit from orthodontic treatment). That inevitably means that some people would benefit from having braces but are choosing not to get them. Some of the reasons behind not getting braces are misconceptions about having them as an adult.
They’re Too Obvious
Plenty of folks are concerned about how they will look if they have braces. After all, it’s pretty easy to tell if you have traditional metal braces, even if the modern versions are smaller. It creates a juvenile look that just doesn’t jive well with most professionals. Fortunately, there are more subtle options out there. Clear braces have a similar efficacy to traditional braces with a much more subtle look, and clear aligners are practically invisible.
It’s Just a Cosmetic Thing
It’s easy to think of braces as simply a cosmetic treatment, given the emphasis that gets put on how they affect the look of your smile. Having straight teeth isn’t just about appearances though. Straight teeth are easier to clean well. That makes it easier to keep them healthy and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth are less susceptible to uneven wear and damage. They create a more balanced bite which may alleviate TMJ issues and headaches and make it easier to chew food, breathe normally, and speak clearly.
Treatment Is Inconvenient and Takes Too Long
Advancements in orthodontic technology have made braces treatments faster and more convenient than in years past. While you’ll still need to attend appointments for adjustments, they are less frequent than they used to be, making it easier to find time to get the care you need. Technological advancements have made it easier for orthodontists to create better treatment plans thanks to improvements in digital imaging. This shortens the treatment process, as do the improvements and upgrades in braces and aligners that have been made over the years. By using the most up-to-date technology and techniques, orthodontists can shift the teeth into place much faster.
Having straight, well-aligned teeth will only do good things for you, and getting braces is one of the best ways to make that happen. Don’t settle for anything less than your best smile. As long as you have strong, healthy teeth, you’re not too old for braces. Come see us at Stellar Orthodontics to see how we can help you create the smile of your dreams.
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