Braces for Adults
Historically, orthodontic braces have been something teenagers get, but that has changed. More and more adults are getting braces to correct malocclusions or bad bites and to straighten their teeth. Today, as many as a third of orthodontic patients are adults.
Braces are a versatile, predictable and very successful method for realigning teeth. They work the same in adults as in children and teens, but treatment times are less for those whose jaws are still growing and for those with no gum disease. While treatment for adults may take longer, the same beneficial and aesthetically pleasing end results are possible.
How can adults benefit from braces?
There are many ways. Braces work to corrected misaligned or crooked teeth which look bad and can lead to low self-esteem and lacking self-confidence. In addition to aesthetic concerns, poorly aligned teeth can also cause problems with speaking, chewing and biting. And in general, straight teeth are regarded by orthodontists as healthier teeth.
Benefits of straight teeth include these medical and benefits: