Braces improve your smile and dental health. For this reason, they are not only meant for the children, but also for adults. In Canada and America, more than one million people above 18 years old wear braces. The use of adult braces has increased by 24% between 1989 and 2008 according to the LA Times. Adults who did not receive orthodontic treatment when young are never too late to get it when they grow older. The only difference is; their treatment will take longer to be seen than in children. Basically, an adult wears braces for 18 months to three years.
Braces are worn to correct crowded or crooked teeth, under bites and overbites, jaw joints disorder and incorrect jaw disorder. These are serious cases because if they are left untreated, they can lead to headaches, tooth decay, gum disease and earaches. It has also been confirmed that the cases may also lead to biting, chewing and speaking problems.
Why Do Adults Need Braces Too?
Dental health affects our social life. Your face gives an impression of who you are and determine how people relate to you. Imagine a situation where you are conscious of your teeth! You can’t smile or you hide your teeth when smiling. In other cases, you are unable to brush your teeth proper due to jaw joint pain. This affects your oral health. All this can limit you from living your life to the fullest and greatly affect your social life.
Braces have been made affordable. Some insurance policies pay for some or all the cost incurred while putting braces. If you have a dental problem but couldn’t afford braces, you can still wear them now. If finances limited your ability to have braces, today there are options of getting them; you might be making enough to pay for them.
Teeth problems lead to other health problems. There are times when braces are the only way to correct the problems. It does not make sense why you should suffer yet there is a solution. Some of the problems make it difficult for you to chew food, which leads to gastrointestinal problems.
Probably when you were young your teeth were in good condition but as you grew, they might have changed. For some people who wore braces earlier in life, the problem comes back when they are older because of different reasons. In such instances, braces are used.
Another reason why adults need braces is because of future purposes. What does this mean? You may be among the people who will live for long on earth. In your old age, you do not need problems with your teeth! Prevention is better than cure.
A lot of advancement has been done on braces. They take a shorter time to put, they are cheaper, lighter, more comfortable, and less noticeable and they come in different varieties. Traditionally, only the metallic braces existed, which made people look like they had metal mouths.
Types of Braces
- Invisible Braces
They are the most recent invention in braces. These braces are good, if you do not have pronounced dental problems. As the name suggest, they are invisible. With these braces, you do not have to visit the dentist every now and then, it happens less frequently as compared to other braces.
- Metallic Braces
They are the most affordable braces but also the most visible. The braces are made from stainless steel material. For the first few days, you will feel uncomfortable and they might irritate your cheeks and gum. Another disadvantage is that they limit you on the kind of food to eat. Hard and sticky foods are not recommended for metallic braces users.
- Lingual Braces
These are also not noticeable braces. The process of their installation is complicated and only specialised orthodontist are able to properly install them. Because of this, they are a bit pricier. These kinds of braces are not recommended for people with small teeth. After wearing them, you will notice a difference in your speech. This is because they get in your tongue’s way.
- Ceramic Braces
The braces blend in with the colour of your teeth and this makes them less visible. Instead of using wire like the metallic braces, white metal ties or clear elastics are used. The braces limit you on the kind of food to eat. This is because some food stains the braces. The elastics are changed every time the dentist adjusts the braces. These braces can chip or break easily.