When you think of a stereotypical braces wearer, you’re most likely imagining a teenager in high school, and you’re probably also imagining a thick set of metal wires flashing from their mouth. This image alone is enough to put many adults off the idea of braces, but you may be surprised to know that more and more adult are beginning to opt for braces in their later years.
So why are adult braces gaining popularity?
“Brace Face” No Longer Exists
The age-old nickname for anybody caught sporting metal braces is off-putting, to say the least. The last thing busy professionals want is to be called Brace Face as they’re preparing for a big meeting.
The truth is that braces just aren’t associated with professionalism – but that was the braces of old. With new technology such as Invisalign and Damon Clear Braces available, it’s possible to have braces without anybody knowing. Modern advances mean that your braces can be virtually invisible, which is just one reason their popularity is rising.
They’re More Affordable
While braces might not be cheap, maybe adults are finding that they’re not as expensive as they expected – and the cost is worth it for the result! Some adults have found that, though their parents couldn’t afford for them to have braces when they were younger, they have the funds themselves as adults to undertake the procedure. Whether or not to get braces is a big decision to make, but many adults who have taken the plunge have reported that they’re glad they did.
Teeth Can Shift at Any Age
Some adults find that even though they have had no problems with their teeth in the past, as they grow older they have noticed the position of their teeth shifting and changing. Whether the change is a natural one or the result of an injury or illness, it can happen at any time. As a result of this, you may find that you had absolutely no need for braces when you were 15, but now that you’re 30, it’s a different story.
It Can Help Your Health
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, having a healthy mouth helps you to have a healthy body. Crooked or misaligned teeth make it harder for you to effectively clean your full mouth, and when food is left to build up in your teeth, you could be at risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Misaligned teeth can also contribute to potentially severe headache, jaw ache, toothache, and earache. Correcting your bite and straightening your teeth can reduce your risk of gum disease and ease the unnecessary strain on the rest of your body.
In fact, Orthodontic Treatment can improve your quality of life in many ways.
Second Time Lucky
Some adult brace wearers are already familiar with the brace sensation – and they still go back for more. The main reasons for this are because their teeth have continued to move a few years after their braces have been removed, or they have neglected to wear their retainer, and have found that their teeth have begun to revert to their original placement.