Braces can be worn by both adults as well as teenagers, although treatment may differ slightly between the cases.
Wearing braces as an adolescent means that we can provide faster treatment. Oftentimes, we can get through the cases in about 15 to 18 months. Sometimes treatment needs to be extended to about two years.
Adults, by the very nature of the bone that’s supporting these teeth, can generally require longer treatment. This may occasionally be up to two to two and a half years plus.
Braces usually conjure up images of children, however, older teens and adults can most certainly benefit. In fact, nowadays, adults can often comprise up to 25% of orthodontic patients. Such a shift can be attributed to several factors. Some adults want to improve their smiles or correct misaligned bites, while others are looking to boost their self-esteem or even improve their overall health.
Many people are beginning to pay attention to the value of having a great smile, after all, it is one of the first things most people notice about you.
If you have crooked teeth or spacing issues, you may find yourself covering your mouth or keeping it closed at all costs – stopping you from making any kind of impression with your smile. The truth is that oral health and the appearance of your teeth can impact everything from your marketability to your social life. So why not explore orthodontic treatment to correct yours?
Another fantastic benefit that the results of braces can deliver is cleaner teeth. Think about it; crooked and/or twisted teeth can be incredibly difficult to navigate and clean. You may not be able to sufficiently clean all surfaces. When your teeth are straight and evenly spaced, cleaning them becomes a whole lot easier! This has a positive effect on your oral health by reducing your risk of tooth decay.
Even though there are several options available for straightening teeth, braces still have a firm place in orthodontics. They are a reliable option, particularly for more complex cases. If your orthodontist suggests braces, it is in your best interest to give strong consideration to this.
Braces are suitable for adults, teens and children. They have been a reliable and proven way to straighten teeth for many years.
Remember, the better you follow your orthodontist’s instructions, the sooner you will be able to have them removed and enjoy a straight smile!