Pop culture has lead many of us to believe that orthodontic treatment is for adolescents and teenagers. Even if you know that adults can benefit from treatment, you may not know for what reasons. If you made it through adolescence without needing orthodontic treatment, why would you need it as an adult? In many cases, changes can happen in adulthood that can change the smile’s structure. In a lot of other cases, the problems were always present and were just not addressed at a younger age. Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, TX, can help you determine if orthodontics can help your smile.
Reasons for Misalignment
Adults with a fully developed jaw and teeth can have shifts in alignment later in life. These shifts can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. Excessive strain from bruxism (the grinding of teeth) can cause a gradual shift in teeth’s alignment. Losing a tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to move into the void causing a change to the smile’s alignment.
Reasons to Address It
Misalignment can obviously lead to an appearance of crooked teeth, which can lead to a loss of confidence, but the reasons to treat a crooked smile go beyond cosmetic. Misalignment can lead to tooth decay, tooth damage, diminished functionality, TMJ disorder, and more. TMJ (temporomandibulr joint) disorder is a disorder in the joints of the jaw and it can be quite uncomfortable and painful.
Options To Do So
Adults are more likely to want discreet treatment than teenagers. Likely due to the aforementioned pop culture, adults feel like orthodontic treatment can make them be taken less seriously. Discreet cosmetic treatment, like from Invisalign or braces with tooth-colored brackets, can be a great way to adjust the smile in a way that won’t diminish confidence.
Are you an adult with a misaligned smile?
There are many reasons why an adult could benefit from orthodontic treatment. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.