Braces are often associated with teenage years; icky, obtrusive, and just plain unsightly. But that stigma has been ending, because more adults have now turned to braces as a way to correct their teeth. The stigma of bad teeth has permeated society as a form of self-improvement and a new beauty standard, even during adult years. There are also adults out there who need braces not just for their looks, but for their health - malocclusion, or "bad bite" can create swallowing and chewing problems, and can make it difficult to pronounce certain words and eat certain foods. Braces offer a more permanent solution to these issues, but one of the biggest debates surrounding braces is whether or not adults can correct their teeth.
Are You Too Old For Braces?
Although childhood years are ideal towards changing teeth, adults have been opting for orthodontic treatments, and have received excellent results. During the first 18 to 26 months, the teeth can be straightened - it just takes more time and has more factors in consideration to become a possibility. Adults looking for braces as a solution to their crooked teeth will need to work with their dentist, and be aware of these factors:
The bones have stopped growing, so some structural changes cannot be achieved without surgery.
The process could take longer than a year, so the actual time it takes to straighten teeth varies from person to person.
Be aware of bone loss: Orthodontic treatment, depending on your age, can affect your jaw structure. So during treatment, you may need to see a periodontist and a general dentist achieve your goals.
Orthodontic Treatment Today
Orthodontics has changed within the past 20 years – newer prosthetic devices and surgical procedures have advanced to the point where the direction of teeth can be pushed in more accurate directions. They need fewer brackets, needless wires, and can be made with either plastic or acrylic even to have more of a cosmetic appeal. The costs for these types of braces can vary depending on the severity of the problem and the type of treatment your dentist or orthodontist suggests. But for some adults, it's necessary, because the risks associated with crooked teeth can result in more life-altering and serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and TMJ disorder. Getting braces isn't just a cosmetic treatment - it's also a way to prevent the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Even now, certain dental plans are accommodating for the need for orthodontic devices for adults, and giving patients more rider plan options to afford the procedures.
If you are considering braces, you can schedule a free consultation with Dr. Adeola Faleye at The Orthodontic Clinic in Bartlett and East Memphis, TN. Dr. Faleye has experience working with adults who have overcites, crossbites, underbites, and other dental conditions that require orthotic devices to correct. Dr. Faleye will be able to answer any questions you may have about getting braces and will help you along the way towards finding your smile again.
Call us at:
The Orthodontic Clinic, P.C.
6637 Summer Knoll Circle, Suite 102
Bartlett, TN 38134
East Memphis Location:
1713 Kirby Parkway
Memphis, TN 38120
Fax: 901 507 4772
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