Creating A More Beautiful Smile

It's Never Too Late: Here's What You Need To Know About Getting Adult Braces

If you're like most adults, you are probably skeptical about whether wearing braces will take care of your dental problems when all is said and done. Here are a few basics that you should know before ruling the option out altogether.

Extra Measures May Be Needed

While it's possible to fix many dental problems with the help of braces as an adult, some things can't be corrected without taking additional measures. Because the bones are done growing once you become an adult, your braces won't be able to adjust the bones in your jaw and gums. So, if you have to make structural changes to perfect your smile, surgery may be needed in addition to the use of braces.

Your dentist will be able to provide you with the specific treatments you will need in order to get the healthy smile you're looking for. But even without using additional measures, you can expect the use of braces alone to make a positive impact on the overall look and health of your teeth and gums.

You'll Reduce the Chance of Developing Problems

Wearing braces as an adult can do more than just make your smile look good. You can expect the braces to get rid of gaps, straighten crooked teeth, and create proper alignment overall. So, food particles won't get stuck as easily between your teeth, and you should find it easier to clean them as time goes on. You'll reduce your risk of developing gum disease and likely enjoy quick and easy cleanings at the dentist's office as you age. So no matter how old you are now, getting braces is sure to improve your overall dental health and help reduce the chance of developing problems in the future.

You Can Maintain Your Look By Camouflaging Your Braces

Thanks to modern technology, you don't have to walk around with silver wires covering your teeth while being treated with braces. There are a variety of different options available that will ensure that the braces you're wearing aren't obvious at first glance. In fact, some options can hardly be seen at all, no matter how long your smile is being looked at. Ask your dentist about:

  • Ceramic Braces – The wires and brackets are tooth-colored, so they're less noticeable.

  • Lingual Braces – Just like metal braces, but the brackets are placed behind the teeth.

  • Invisible Braces – Clear removable aligners are typically used instead of brackets and wires.

For more information, contact a company like Donald E. Snyder Orthodontics.