Is Orthodontic Treatment Really For Adults?

Is Orthodontic Treatment Really For Adults?Pop culture has the images of teenagers wearing braces and headgear in our heads. It makes many of us mistakenly believe that orthodontic treatment is strictly for those who have not yet graduated high school. While it is true that orthodontic treatment is appropriate for kids and teens, it is also true that it is appropriate for adults, too. Misaligned, crooked teeth can lead to problems in your oral health on top of the potential lack of self-esteem in the appearance of your smile. Adults with crooked teeth can receive orthodontic treatment which can lead to improved oral health. It can even lead to a boost of confidence, too! 

Hardly Noticeable Treatment

Many adult Americans qualify for Invisalign treatment. A reason that many people skip out on straightening their teeth is their fear of what they will look like wearing braces with metal brackets. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to effectively move your teeth into the correct alignment. The clear aligners are hardly noticeable in person and nearly invisible in photographs. The aligners can be removed to enjoy a cup of coffee, to brush your teeth, floss, or for whatever reason you want. However, it is necessary for effective treatment that the aligners be worn for at least 20-22 hours per day. If your trepidation of correcting misaligned teeth has been the appearance of treatment, you should know that there are options.

Problems Caused By Crooked Teeth

Crooked, misaligned teeth create hiding places and pockets for bacteria to hide. These hiding places make it harder to brush and floss to the point of a full clean mouth. This means that bacteria may be left behind in your mouth for long enough to cause tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also lead to chronic headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and damage to the teeth. Straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment can decrease your chances of developing these ill-effects.

Adults can choose orthodontic treatment

If you are an adult who has waited too long for orthodontic treatment, talk to Dr. Cabal soon. To schedule a consultation, call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.