There is a very common misconception that orthodontic treatment is only for teenagers. Perhaps it is all of the images in media of teens wearing metal braces, but the truth is that orthodontic treatment is for people of all ages. Straightening your smile has benefits that go beyond just updating your appearance. The benefits can include a reduced risk for problems like gum disease and tooth decay. In many cases for many people, your smile can be straightened as an adult. Orthodontic treatment for adults or even teens does not have to include metal braces. Treatment can be discreet without taking over your appearance. Straightening your teeth at any age can benefit your health.
Protecting Your Smile’s Health
Correcting your teeth and bite’s alignment can have positive consequences for your oral health no matter your age. Straighter teeth can be easier to get clean. When teeth are crooked, the overlaps can create nooks and crannies that collect bacteria that can be harder to clean effectively. A chronic build-up of harmful bacteria increases your risk for cavities and gum disease. A correctly aligned bite can also help you to avoid TMJ disorder. Your TMJ, short for your temporomandibular joint, is the hinge joint that moves your jaw. Misalignment can cause your TMJ to become overworked leading to TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder involves chronic pain, headaches, lockjaw, and jaw popping.
Discreet Orthodontic Treatment
If you are concerned that wearing braces at your age will make you look like a teenager, there are options like Invisalign treatment that are more discreet. Even teenagers may be concerned about treatment that is not discreet. People who qualify for Invisalign can get a straighter smile with discreet treatment. Clear, plastic aligners are removable, so that you can take them out when you need to brush or floss your teeth, eat, or drink.
Are you interested in a straighter smile?
Straightening teeth can be beneficial at any age. To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.