People are used to wearing braces as children. The expectation is that you should have straight teeth by the time you become an adult. What about if something happens and you end up as an adult with crooked teeth—should you just live with them? The truth is that braces can benefit adults just as much as children, or even more.
Improve Oral Health
Everybody with crooked or misaligned teeth can benefit from having them straightened, be they young or old. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss due to many reasons. For example, straight teeth don't have many hidden surfaces. Improved oral care will definitely lead to an improved oral and dental health.
Treat Jaw Disorders
As you know, braces aren't just useful for straightening misaligned teeth; they are also used to correct jaw problems. Jaw disorders have been linked to different health concerns such as:
- constant headaches
- chronic earaches
- biting/eating difficulties
- speaking difficulties
When you use braces to correct the jaw disorder, all these associated problems are likely to go away too.
Straighten Shifting Teeth
Your teeth will not stay the same as you age; they will shift due to the changes jaw and check bone density. This means even if you had straight teeth as a child, or if you used braces while young, you may still develop misaligned teeth in old age. The shifting is more pronounced in those who didn't have perfectly straight teeth while young. Braces will straighten these teeth just as they would in young people.
Improved Self Confidence
As people age, facial features change and teeth loss becomes more common. All these things combined may influence how you feel about your appearance, especially if you add crooked teeth into the mix.
When you straighten your teeth, you have one less thing to be self-conscious about. You may find yourself going out more often, meeting new people and even smiling more frequently. This will also reflect on the positive way in which people may respond to you. The result is that your self-confidence may improve.
Although you can benefit from braces even as an adult, you should expect some differences from those who use them as children. For example, your teeth may take longer to straighten, and you may also be advised to wear permanent retainers. Talk to a local dentist such as Dr. David Chan about any specific concerns you may have about wearing dental braces in your adulthood.