Orthodontics is a sub-specialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of misaligned teeth. If left untreated, misaligned teeth can lead to a number of issues, including bite problems, jaw pain, and cavities. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the misalignment, but braces and Invisalign aligners are the most common option. In fact, around 5 million people in the U.S. are currently wearing braces.
Absolutely not! You are never too old for orthodontics. As long as you have healthy gums and teeth, you are eligible. In fact, orthodontics can help older adults combat dental health problems.
Orthodontic treatment can also reduce the risks of developing gum disease, which can cause tooth loss. If gum disease is already present, braces can improve your oral health hygiene.
Braces not only straighten your teeth, but they can also help to improve your oral health. Here are three ways that braces can help to improve your smile.
1. Straight teeth can reduce the risk of tooth decay.
When you bite and chew on crooked teeth, you are much more likely to get a cavity. This is because the crooked surfaces of your teeth are not very easy to clean, so bacteria can build up more easily, leading to tooth decay.
2. Straight teeth can improve your bite.
If your bite is misaligned, it can lead to headaches and jaw pain. An improper bite can also cause your teeth to wear down unevenly and can lead to problems with your jaw joints.
3. Straight teeth can improve your smile.
With straight teeth, you can smile with confidence. Go ahead and show off that beautiful smile of yours!
If your dentist has advised orthodontic treatment, it is likely that you are a good candidate for braces. Braces correct malocclusions (bad bites) and can treat many dental-related problems. These include the following:
One of the most common questions we get asked at our dental office is, “Am I too old to get braces?” The answer is “No.” You are never too old to receive orthodontic treatment.
Many adults are worried about feeling self-conscious about getting braces. But the fact is, braces have come a long way over the years. Today’s braces are smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than ever, so you can confidently flash that beautiful smile.
To know more, call us at (916) 923-9168 and schedule an appointment with the dentist.
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