Why should you consider braces as an adult?
Some adults may want to consider braces for cosmetic reasons. They may have missed out on the benefit of getting braces when they were younger but would still like a shot at a perfect smile. For others, the braces they wore as a child simply didn’t fix the problem permanently.
Others may require braces for genuine medical reasons. Misaligned teeth can lead to other more serious dental problems than an imperfect smile. Overcrowded or crooked teeth can make proper oral hygiene difficult and less effective.
One of the biggest benefits for people of any age to get braces is that your teeth will not only look better in the long run, but they will feel better too. Your teeth are meant to align in a specific way. If they are not connecting properly, you could experience all kinds of discomfort in the long run.
If your teeth are causing you discomfort or do not look quite the way you’d like, braces could be a definite pro.
Con: Treatment takes longer as an adult
One downside to getting braces as an adult instead of as a child is the length of time it takes to treat the problem. Since adult bones are no longer growing or pliable like a child’s, they cannot be moulded quite as quickly or easily. For many adults, it could take as long as two years for braces to do their work. You may also need to wear a retainer permanently in order to keep the teeth from shifting back.
Another upside of getting braces is that it could seriously reduce the risk of running into other dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and TMJ pain.
Con: Could unearth other dental issues
But, just as braces can prevent many future dental problems, it could also unearth existing issues with your teeth. If your dentist suspects that bone loss may have occurred in the past, moving forward with braces may only increase the problem.
For some, the fully developed jaw may simply be too rigid or too misaligned to correct without more involved methods like surgery.