Orthodontics: A Consideration Now For Adults

Dental Braces? Not Just For Kids

There was a time when wearing braces was considered the corrective treatment just for the young with crooked teeth. Adults opted out of the necessary treatment in the past. However, times have changed and adult orthodontics is on the rise. Let’s look at some reasons why you should consider the treatment now.

Dental issues like crowded or crooked teeth can affect one’s appearance and self-confidence. Corrections as orthodontic treatment can improve appearance and boosts one’s self-esteem. Did you know that you are less attractive if you have a flawed smile? According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 35% of men and 40% of women believe that a person with a flawed smile is less attractive than a person with a perfect smile. And did you know, too, that 58% of men and 71% of women have said that teeth are the very first thing they notice when they meet a potential partner.

Orthodontic treatment helps promote a healthier mouth. Dental braces or Invisalign corrects malocclusion occurring when the upper and lower teeth do not occlude well, leading to a bad bite. This is because the teeth are crowded or crooked, leading to a bad bite. Straighter teeth through braces correct the bite, enabling better eating, speaking, and even smiling. Also, straighter teeth are easier to clean and not as prone to cavity formation or tooth decay, and definitely less susceptible to periodontal disease.

Did you know that orthodontic appliances keep natural teeth in place?

Missing teeth spaces are gradually occupied by remaining neighboring natural teeth. It’s called drifting and it’s a natural behavior of teeth. If unchecked It can lead to misalignment or overlapping of teeth which can grow in an inappropriate position in the mouth and cause a difference in bite.

Orthodontic treatment does not come in only one option. There are several to choose from. In the past, adults rejected orthodontic treatment, especially braces. The main reason was that they didn’t like visible metal brackets in their mouth. There are alternatives to metal braces, like clear braces, self ligating braces or Invisalign that have become quite popular as they are barely noticeable.

The truth is, about one in four orthodontic patients are adults. Adult orthodontics is on the rise. Thanks to insurance coverage and shorter treatment time.


Adult Orthodontics in Downtown Seattle

If you’re an adult and you missed orthodontics when you were younger, no need to worry. See us at Smile Art in downtown Seattle and we can come up with a personalized plan for you.