While gaps and awkward tooth alignment might be adorable on children, they can put quite a negative spin on your adult outlook on life. Whether your teeth affect your confidence or your ability to maintain good oral health by making brushing and flossing difficult, there are many reasons to get braces as an adult.
When you think of braces, the first thing that springs to mind is probably a metal-clad teen face, and that’s not the look you want to sport as an adult. While it is most common to utilize orthodontic treatments such as braces in adolescence, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients today. Talk about a positive trend!
From the moment you contact our office in Oxford or Pell City, to your final retainer check appointment, our goal at Designer Smiles by Benton is your complete satisfaction. We will build self-confidence and create positive life changes. Let’s look at some reasons to get braces as an adult.
Improved overall health
Braces are instrumental in correcting misaligned teeth and other dental issues that lead to further common health problems like headaches, jaw pain, digestion issues, and even sleep apnea.
Improper alignment of your teeth and jaw throughout an adult’s life can cause damage to the areas where the teeth meet during chewing and even make the process of chewing itself difficult. When your jaws or teeth do not meet adequately during chewing, you risk overexertion of the jaw muscles and complications like TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. Not being able to chew correctly can result in food not being digested timely or adequately and lead to reflux, indigestion, and diminished nutrient absorption.
Braces also require extra cleaning and care, so your mouth will get better overall attention and maintenance. Having straight teeth can make this cleaning much less tricky as there will be less space for plaque and bacteria to build up, decreasing your chances of cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease, and more room to floss with better access to your gum line.
Aesthetics and the confidence of a perfect smile
Your self-esteem depends significantly on your teeth, and a crooked smile or misaligned bite can leave you feeling less confident when all eyes are on you. You may notice you shy away from personal conversations or avoid having your photo taken only to give a less-than-thrilled, lips-only grin when you can’t escape. For some patients, the positioning of your teeth may even affect your speech by causing your tongue or lips not to attain the position necessary to make certain sounds.
Here at Designer Smiles by Benton, we believe that the essence of good oral health is creating confidence and pride for our patients in Oxford and the surrounding areas. Orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth. When you trust your smile to our orthodontic expertise and high-tech offices, you’ll get increased confidence and an improved self-image – not to mention a beautiful smile!
Variety of treatment options
Dental technology is always getting better. You can get the latest orthodontic treatment from Designer Smiles by Benton. Depending on the severity of your adjustments, your options may include Damon metal braces, Damon clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners. Sometimes, a combination of treatment options can improve the efficacy and time necessary for adjustments.
Damon Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most widely used type of fixed orthodontic appliance. Though past incarnations have been bulky, awkward, and painful, today’s metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable. Our advanced Damon metal braces are made for efficient tooth movement and optimal patient comfort utilizing self-ligating brackets instead of elastic ties to secure the brackets to the wire.
Damon Clear Braces
Clear braces using Damon self-ligating clear brackets work the same way as traditional metal braces but are smaller, more efficient, and virtually invisible. These self-ligating braces use smaller brackets with a special clip that allows continuous gentle pressure on your teeth to move them gently, with greater control and less force than traditional braces.
Clear aligners like Invisalign have gained popularity in the last decade as technology has made them more inconspicuous, efficient, and budget-friendly. Similar to the post-braces retainer trays they evolved from, Invisalign clear aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and make minor adjustments over time for patients needing simple corrections as well as for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems like misaligned teeth, large overbite, no jaw alignment problems, or those who have gaps in their front teeth- an open bite. With this anonymous treatment option, your smile is the only thing they’ll see.
Invisalign for Teens
Here at Designer Smiles by Benton, we also offer Invisalign for Teens. This adolescent aligner option places an inconspicuous dot on the back of the aligners to help keep your teen accountable for their time wearing them. It also provides extra space for molars that have yet to erupt.
Cost-Efficient- Now and Later
It’s no secret that oral health is strongly connected to overall health, and there’s never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment. Combined with proper dental hygiene, braces can decrease your chances of cavities, gum disease, costly procedures like tooth extractions or specialists that treat symptoms, not culprits, and the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like misaligned bites can wear down your teeth and lead to chipping, cracking, and even total loss, which will cost you much more.
Designer Smiles by Benton has improved our patients’ self-confidence, appearance, and health by being committed to making orthodontics affordable for you and your family. We emphasize exceptional service, offer flexible payment options, and file your insurance forms to ensure you get maximum benefits before creating a plan that works best for your budget.
Here at Designer Smiles by Benton, we stand by our work! Once you complete treatment with us, your smile is 100% guaranteed – for LIFE! No matter how many years have gone by or how your teeth have shifted, you will never pay full price for orthodontic treatment in our practice again!
Get your new smile from the best with Designer Smiles by Benton- AT ANY AGE!
All treatments have their lists of pros and cons, and we know you have a unique set of needs with your unique smile, no matter your age. Whether you want to keep this journey more inconspicuous, prioritize comfort over aesthetics, or simply want the option that gets you to your perfect smile fastest, we can design a new smile, just for YOU!
Our team is proud to offer you a beautiful new smile in an office that feels like home. If you still have questions about getting braces as an adult, schedule a FREE consultation to get started on your journey to a confident smile. We care about you like you’re our own family, and we promise to give you the best quality care in a comfortable, fun setting.