Having braces as an adult is becoming less and less of a taboo. One in four orthodontic patients nowadays are adults. 

Many can attest to feeling more self-confident after they have had their adult braces. A straighter smile has caused more people to love their teeth. 

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to keep your teeth the same, there are benefits to having braces. Yes, that’s right, even as adults, there are advantages to getting treatment for your teeth. 

Despite all that, some are still hesitant. It could be for several reasons. Some may are still shy about the appearance of braces, while others think it unnecessary. 

As you read on, you’ll see that there are different types of braces and learn how they can benefit you. 

Types of Braces

There is a common misconception that many have about braces today. Some still connect the idea of having braces to the metal braces that we’re familiar with. 

However, with today’s technology, there have been some advancements in that area. 

Metal Braces

These are the oldest and more popular types of adult braces today. 

Metal braces are a go-to if you want to stay on budget and receive the best treatment for straightening your teeth. And, there have been a few advancements in making these more comfortable and even more effective. 

They are also durable, meaning you won’t have to worry about getting them damaged. If you’re a fun person, there are tons of color customizations to add to your bands. 

Ceramic braces 

Ceramic braces are similar to metal bands, in style. However, unlike metal braces, ceramic braces are more subtle. They are usually tooth-colored or clear. 

They do serve the same purpose. They are also durable and affordable. That being said, some have mentioned ceramic braces being more comfortable than metal braces. 

Lingual Braces

If you want to completely hide your braces, you can opt for lingual braces. They serve the same purpose as metal braces except for one thing: They’re positioned on the other side of your teeth.

These are great for those who are concerned about their appearance. 

It is noteworthy to mention that treatment with lingual braces will take longer and can get quite pricey. 

Invisalign or Clear Aligners

Invisalign are virtually transparent aligners used to treat milder cases. Adult orthodontists can create custom sets of aligners depending on the patient’s needs. 

As the patient’s teeth get used to one set, they will then move on to another set that will push their teeth back. This process is repeated until they achieve straight teeth. 

Dental issues it can solve range from gap teeth to overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Benefits of Adult Braces 

Like all things, having braces does have its discomforts. The first few days can be uncomfortable, especially when getting used to the braces aligning your teeth. 

However, the results and benefits are worth it. 

If you notice that you’re experiencing some of the negative symptoms mentioned below, make sure to ask your local adult orthodontists about it. 

Improved Oral Health

Sometimes, when our teeth tend to overlap, it may be difficult to brush them properly. Certain areas may not be reached and that could affect our oral health. 

With the help of adult braces, it will be easier to brush your teeth. You will have fresher breath, as there is less of a chance of bacteria buildup. 

Straight teeth will ensure fewer trips to the dentists, as you will have fewer problems. You’re no longer at risk for tooth decay. Adult braces can also help you maintain a better brushing and flossing habit. 

Healthier Lifestyle 

Getting adult braces will help your overall health. With fewer spaces between your teeth, you’re able to chew properly. The food gets broken down into smaller pieces, making it easier to digest. 

You won’t have to experience side effects from improperly digested food. Stomach issues such as bloating and gas will be long gone. You also won’t have to worry about missing out on nutrients either.

This, in turn, can prevent risks for illnesses such as malnutrition, heart diseases, diabetes, and more.

Get Comfortable 

When you get adult braces, you won’t have to suffer in discomfort.

Those who have bite issues can experience pain when chewing food. Adult braces can help align your teeth and jaw to alleviate that pain.

Better Speech 

When we talk, our tongues and teeth work in tandem to help produce sound. Those who have issues with the alignment of their teeth may experience speech problems. 

As a result, some words may be difficult to pronounce. 

With the help of adult orthodontic treatments, you’ll be able to correct and improve your speech.

Stronger Teeth and Jaw

As we grow older, our teeth may become more brittle. Additionally, depending on our activities, we may be at risk for more tooth trauma. 

When our teeth tend to stick out, it may cause more damage if we get into an accident. Straight teeth prevent that, as they protect each other and don’t protrude. 

Misaligned teeth can put unnecessary pressure on our jawbones. Repetitive motions such as biting and chewing will make matters worse if it’s gone unchecked. 

Teeth in the wrong place can also cause jaw pain that prevents others from being able to move their jaw normally. It may also lead to your jaw popping or you developing an overly sensitive jaw. 

By obtaining adult braces, you can avoid all of these. After all, there is no reason to continue living in discomfort.

Additionally, it’s just as important to keep our bones strong. This is so that we won’t have to deal with the consequences of it as we age. 

It’s Never Too Late

There is no age limit to getting adult braces. The advantages, as mentioned above, go well beyond a perfect smile. 

Your health is improved and you’re taking care of the future you. 

If you’re still considering whether to get braces or not, we’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions. After all, braces are a long-term investment. It’s also natural to want to be prepared. 

All you have to do now is contact us or visit us in Fort Pierce!