Just because you’re not in high school anymore doesn’t mean that we can’t help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. In fact, more and more adults are wearing dental braces to improve their smiles and oral health.
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Continue reading to learn why it’s never too late for adult braces.
Can You Be Too Old For Braces?
No. In fact, many dental practices have seen an increase in adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment. And not just patients in their 20s and 30s. While some patients want braces to improve the appearance of their smile, others want to improve their oral health. It’s not uncommon for older patients to need their bite adjusted after years of dental work and wear and tear.
Braces Improve Oral Health
It’s hard to brush and floss around crooked teeth. Unfortunately, dental plaque loves to hide in between teeth and along the gum line. Crooked teeth and bite issues affect more than just your appearance, they also affect oral health.
When you aren’t able to clean teeth effectively, you increase your risk for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. If you’ve been having trouble maintaining a healthy smile, ask our dentist ifwould help. Teeth straightening might be all you need to clean teeth more effectively.
Adults are More Motivated
Have you ever covered your smile in a group photo? Do you feel self-conscious about your teeth when meeting people for the first time? Your smile affects more than just your oral health, but your confidence. Adults understand the value of having a beautiful healthy smile, which is why they are more motivated to start orthodontic treatment and follow our dentist’s instructions.
It can be hard for children to understand that their actions have consequences. As a result, they may not follow their dentist’s instructions on how to care for braces. Adults, on the other hand, are typically able to follow instructions better because they’re more motivated to change their smile.
Since adult patients are motivated during orthodontic treatment, we can offer options that require more self-discipline. For example, you must wear Invisalign 20 to 22 hours a day. and moves teeth little by little into their optimal positions.
Adults Follow Instructions Better
While wearing traditional metal braces, you’ll need to avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. These types of foods can damage brackets and wires, resulting in an emergency trip to your dentist. While children may try to sneak contraband food, adults are more likely to follow our dentist’s instructions so they can avoid damaging their braces.
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Adults Take Better Care of Their Teeth
In general, adults take better care of their teeth than children. Brushing and flossing become even more important while wearing dental braces. Since it takes time to clean around wires and brackets, children are more likely to abandon good oral health habits. Adults, on the other hand, are more motivated to fix their smile and will make sure their teeth stay healthy.
Call Precision Family Dental
Dr. Adam Piotrowski and his team are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with braces and other orthodontic services. To request an appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 949-1570.
This blog post has been updated.