Many people think of orthodontic care as something that only tweens and teens get. Just because you didn’t get braces as a teenager, though, doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful, healthy, straight-teeth smile. There are a lot of benefits to having straight teeth, which is why more adults are taking steps to correct misalignment than ever before. Here are some reasons you should consider it.
1: Gain Confidence in Your Smile
How often do you avoid smiling because you’re concerned about what others might think of your crooked teeth? Has your current smile held you back from doing things that will make you happy and fulfilled, such as applying for a new job or going out on a date? You’re not alone. Smiles are one of the first things that people notice about you, and studies have confirmed that people perceive those with straight teeth to be more successful. Beyond the potential negative judgments you may be getting from others, though, straightening your teeth can have significant positive benefits by boosting your confidence at work and in social settings.
2: Improve Overall Oral Health
Another compelling reason to consider straightening your teeth is the health benefits. Crooked teeth are more susceptible to cavities and decay because there are more places for bacteria to hide. You may have a hard time reaching all the surfaces of your teeth with a toothbrush and floss, leaving bacteria to thrive between dental visits. That can lead to gum disease and other complications that not only impact your smile, but also your overall health, and can even make other chronic health conditions worse.
Crooked teeth can also wear unevenly from bite misalignments (overbite, underbite, or crossbite), further impacting the look of your smile.
3: Straighten Your Teeth Discreetly
One of the primary reasons people avoid or put off teeth straightening as an adult is a concern about having metal braces. These braces are obvious, and can be embarrassing for adults who regularly interact with people at work and socially. Most adults feel more self-conscious about having braces as they get older than they would have as a teenager, since young people are expected to have them as a part of growing up.
However, with options like ClearCorrect Orthodontics available today, you can straighten your teeth without traditional braces. These clear aligners are designed by your dentist to slowly move your teeth from their current position into a straighter alignment. They can also help correct bite misalignments that are uncomfortable or are affecting your health.
Clear aligners like ClearCorrect Orthodontics may not be right for everyone, but they provide a great option for many adults who want the benefits of healthy, straight teeth without the metal braces. Schedule an appointment at Young Family Dental to learn more about clear aligner options today.