When most people think of braces or Invisalign, they picture a teenage student applying to colleges or attending after-school practice, but these aren’t the only people who get treatment! What if we told you that one in five patients at Jennings Orthodontics is an adult? As more and more adults turn to orthodontic treatment, it’s your turn to consider the benefits of a straight smile, and we’re here to help! With adult braces, It’s not too late to get a confident smile – keep reading to learn more!
Reasons to Get Treatment as an Adult
Many adults worry that they’re running behind if they haven’t gotten braces yet, but there’s never a wrong time to start treatment. With so many benefits, you’ll forget all about the age factor and embrace the reasons to get started as soon as possible!
Improve Your Oral Hygiene
We all know how important it is to brush twice a day to keep the cavities away, but what most people don’t know is that crooked teeth can increase the risk of cavities for even the most frequent brusher. Because cavity-causing plaque thrives in the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, it loves misaligned teeth.
However, by straightening your smile, you’ll decrease the surface area for plaque buildup, and you’ll enjoy a happier, cleaner smile overall.
Increase Your Self-Esteem
Cosmetics aren’t the only reason to get braces as an adult, but our Jennings Orthodontics patients love the confidence boost they get when we reveal their brand-new smiles. Straight teeth can improve the look and feel of your smile and can even address issues like facial asymmetry or “weak chin,” an overbite issue that causes your chin to recede into your neckline.
By fixing these orthodontic problems through treatment, you’ll look and feel more attractive and confident in no time.
Prevent Bone Erosion
As you age, your bone density could take a hit. Bone density issues are especially common in pre or post-menopausal women, and this can affect your teeth, too. Because your teeth apply pressure on your jaws, this pressure stimulates bone growth. If your teeth are misaligned, however, this could leave you with uneven bone growth, which could cause weak areas in your jaw that might hurt you down the road.
Straightening your teeth ensures that your jaws stay healthy and strong, helping you avoid erosion and keep your beautiful smile for years to come.
Emily is a 28-year-old practicing attorney who just got engaged to her fiance, John. Emily’s parents got her braces when she was 13, but she only wore her retainer for a few months after treatment. As a result, her bottom teeth shifted out of line, and she’s self-conscious about her smile, especially now that she’s planning a wedding!
Fortunately, Emily decided to join the ranks of adults seeking orthodontic treatment and added clear aligners to her wedding-planning itinerary. In just under a year, Emily’s got the wedding-ready smile she loves and the confidence to match just in time to make her way to the altar.
Your Treatment Options
Although braces are the most popular way to straighten your smile, Dr. Jennings offers several unique treatment plans to match your individual needs and smile goals. Depending on your orthodontic condition, we’ll help you choose the right treatment plan for you at your free consultation.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Our Invisalign treatment is an excellent option for adult patients looking to straighten their smile without the bulky brackets and wires of braces. Using a series of clear plastic trays custom-made to fit your unique smile, clear aligners straighten your teeth with comfort and ease.
Many adults turn to Invisalign to get the straight smile they’re looking for. Because these clear trays are almost invisible, no one will ever know you’re being treated.
As the traditional option, metal braces are often the first method that comes to mind when considering orthodontic treatment. These braces work by tightening the wire attached to a bracket glued to each tooth. With gentle, continuous pressure, your teeth are aligned over 12-36 months, depending on the severity of your case, your mouth’s response to treatment, and your desired outcome.
Dr. Jennings recommends metal braces for adult patients with more severe orthodontic issues that require heavy-duty treatment to correct.
Like metal braces, this treatment option uses a system of brackets and wires to straighten your teeth and is effective for patients with moderate to severe orthodontic issues. Instead of metal braces, clear braces use white ceramic brackets that match the color of your teeth, so your treatment is less visible.
If you’re looking to discreetly straighten your teeth as an adult and Dr. Jennings recommends a more intensive treatment, give clear braces a try.
Patrick is a 39-year-old teacher who wants to straighten his teeth without looking like his teenage students. He’s looking for a sophisticated treatment plan that corrects his smile without attracting notice. Patrick had never had braces before, so he tried Invisalign to correct his overbite, and the results are phenomenal!
Neither his fellow students nor teachers noticed that he was going through treatment – that is, until they started seeing the results from his beautiful smile! Now Patrick’s new grin is happy, healthy, and straight!
It’s Not Too Late to Get a Confident Smile
Braces work for people of all ages. Whether you’re a young adult looking for a smile tune-up or an older adult searching for an answer to stomachaches or jaw problems, Dr. Jennings has you covered. Remember: you deserve the confidence of a healthy smile, no matter how busy you are!