Getting Braces as an Adult
While typically associated with kid in their early teens, more and more adults are opting for braces. In fact, nearly a fifth of all people who wear braces are adults. No doubt some of the advancements in the overall design of braces are contributing to this trend. Options such as Invisalign and ceramic braces are far less obvious than the metal braces of the past.
What reasons do adults have for getting braces?
The mouth is constantly changing due to both internal and external factors. Oftentimes as people age, they experience problems with their teeth moving out of position or becoming crooked. This can result in a poor bite, pain in the jaw muscles or difficulty accessing the spaces between the teeth to clean them.
In other cases, adults who have had problems with their tooth alignment since childhood seek out braces because they can finally afford them on their own. Other people simply want to improve their appearance or increase their chances of landing a new job.
The vast majority of people who get braces feel that the relatively small sacrifice of wearing them is well worth the payoff of straight teeth.
If I already had braces as a child, why are my teeth crooked again?
As a natural part of the aging process, teeth move around the mouth. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to teeth reverting back to their old positions that they were in before you had braces as a child. This could be caused by not wearing your retainer long enough, or could simply be the result of the way your mouth is shaped. Not only that, but newly discovered information shows that retainers should be worn far longer than was thought in the past. That means that you may have inadvertently stopped wearing your retainer too soon, simply because science didn’t know any better at the time. As a result, you may need to get braces again as an adult to re-correct the problem.
What are the disadvantages of wearing braces as a grown-up?
Typically adult teeth move less easily than those of younger people. That means that an adult may need to wear braces for a longer time to see results. Not only that, but adult braces usually aren’t covered by insurance.