When you think of orthodontics, you probably think of teenagers with huge metallic braces right?
But did you know that more and more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment?
So why is this? And could braces be right for you?
It goes without saying that confidence is a big deal for everyone and your appearance plays a big part in this.
Like it or not, people will make judgements based on their first impression of you, and your smile is a big part of this!
In fact, did you know that a study suggested that those with straight teeth were more likely to achieve professional and financial success, as well as more likely to bag a date?
Think about it, when you see someone who never smiles, you immediately form an opinion on that person (just take Victoria Beckham as an example!).
So if you’re the type of person who’s afraid to crack a smile because of your teeth, you don’t have to suffer in silence!
As kids, our dental health is hugely important, but as we get older we tend to neglect it more and more.
If you don’t properly look after your teeth you could wind up with a cross bite or misalignment of the teeth, making them harder to clean, which can lead to a build-up of plaque which can create even more serious problems further down the line.
If you don’t sort out your dental problems early, they can get progressively worse, and you could find yourself requiring some pretty expensive dental surgery and maybe with a few less teeth!
Did you know that those who suffer from sleep apnoea could also be helped by wearing a special jaw advancement splint?
More discrete options
One of the issues many people have with having orthodontics as an adult is that they’re worried about the effect they’ll have on their appearance.
Thankfully, technology has come on a long way in the last few years and there is a great range of more discrete and comfortable options available to you.
One of the most popular options available is Invisalign, which uses a removable clear aligner, which is almost invisible and can be taken out while eating and sleeping.
If you can’t afford or are not suitable for Invisalign though, there are a number of other options such as ceramic white braces which blend in with your teeth, or options that sit behind the teeth rather than in front of them.
Preparing for the future
It’s a fact that we’re all living longer, with almost 15,000 people in Britain currently over 100 years old.
This is of course great news, but bear in mind that you’re going to need to keep your body in better shape once you start getting older.
Dentures and implants can be expensive to keep purchasing and replacing as you get older, so why not take steps now to make sure that you keep your teeth for life!
If you’re worried that orthodontic treatment is going to last for many months, or even years, it may not be as bad as you imagine.
In fact, orthodontic treatment can now almost be cut in half thanks to new technologies, and some treatments can take as little as a couple of months.
If your teeth are in bad shape, then it’s probably wise to have them checked over by an orthodontist, but while your dental health is important, your confidence can be just as important too!
So get it out of your head that braces are for kids and get the smile that you deserve!