People sometimes associate the desire for straight teeth with the desire for a Hollywood smile. But, adult teeth straightening doesn’t only address aesthetic concerns. If you’re an adult with crooked teeth, there could be health risks involved. Orthodontic treatment, no matter your age, can reduce tooth damage, improve your bite, help with dental hygiene and even assist with sleep apnoea and jaw pain.
The Risks of Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can trap food particles, allowing plaque to build up over time. These are those hard-to-reach places where your toothbrush simply cannot reach. What’s more, crooked teeth make flossing difficult, sometimes encouraging the spread of plaque.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 27 percent of adults between 20 and 44 years of age have untreated dental cavities. Additionally, crooked and crowded teeth can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease.
While children commonly wear braces from a young age to straighten their teeth, many people don’t seek oral health solutions until later on. Adult teeth straightening includes several methods to discreetly straighten your teeth, no matter your age.
Why Would Adults Consider Teeth Straightening?
One of the main reasons adults decide to straighten their teeth is to boost their confidence and self image. But orthodontic treatment can also reduce tooth wear, improve your bite, help with dental hygiene and even assist with sleep apnoea and jaw pain.
Ignoring teeth-related problems may seem like the easy solution. The good news is that the solution may be easier than you think.
Adults may seem self-conscious about orthodontic treatment. They may not want a mouth full of metal if they’re in a professional job or social individuals. However, with today’s advanced orthodontic solutions, there’s no need to feel self-conscious.
Some of the most popular solutions include:
- Invisalign Clear Aligners – involves wearing sets of nearly invisible aligners for around 22 hours a day to help move your teeth into a straighter position. You can remove the aligners to eat and brush.
- Lingual braces – these are metal braces that the orthodontist places behind your teeth. They are not visible to other people.
- Clear ceramic braces – this is another almost invisible option. The braces are made of clear plastic or enamel matched ceramic and are barely noticeable to other people – even from a few feet away.
Discrete Adult Teeth Straightening Treatments
With today’s discreet options, you can achieve a healthier, straighter and confident smile without people noticing your treatment. Book a consultation at Medland Orthodontics today to discuss your discrete treatment options.