Many people get braces while they’re a child or teenager. But sometimes it’s not always possible for a child to receive the orthodontic care they need. For this reason, many people may seek orthodontic treatment as adults. Our dentist in Holly, Michigan, will be able to determine if you could benefit from getting adult braces.
Here’s why adult braces are worth getting at any age.
Crooked, crowded teeth affect more than the appearance of your smile. They also make it more difficult to practice good oral hygiene at home. The bacteria (plaque) that live in your mouth can hide in nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. It may also be difficult to floss teeth that are crowded.
If left untreated, plaque will harden into a porous deposit called tartar. Over time, tartar will lead to tooth discoloration, cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. For this reason, many adult patients turn to orthodontics to make their teeth easier to maintain.
Do you ever smile with your lips closed or cover your mouth when you laugh? It’s hard to feel confident when you’re self-conscious about crooked and/or crowded teeth. That’s why we recommend asking Dr. Bandy about getting metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or SureSmile® aligners.
Once you straighten your teeth, you’ll be proud to show off your smile to everyone you meet. A beautiful, healthy smile can make a big difference when it comes to making a good first impression.
An overbite, underbite, or other bite issue will affect your side profile. It may also affect the way your teeth naturally rest together and how you chew your food. For example, the chewing surfaces of your teeth may have an uneven wear pattern, or you may find yourself biting the insides of your cheeks by accident.
It’s easier to treat bite issues during childhood while the jaw is still developing. But it’s still possible to correct your jaw alignment as an adult. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bandy to get a custom orthodontic plan tailored to your needs.
Children don’t make good candidates for SureSmile because they lack the self-discipline needed to consistently wear their aligners. But teens and adults tend to be more motivated to straighten their teeth.
SureSmile clear aligners are discreet enough that most people won’t even realize you’re wearing them. Not only are they made out of a clear comfortable plastic, but they also fit snugly around your teeth for the perfect fit.
If you think you’d feel self-conscious of traditional metal braces, ask Dr. Bandy if you’re a candidate for clear aligners.
Dr. David Bandy is a family dentist in Holly, Michigan, who offers orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. To request an appointment, please call Bandy Dental at (248) 634-9251. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.