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Should I Straighten My Teeth as an Adult?

Are you an adult who is unhappy with your smile? Does that crooked grin of yours make you grimace when you look in the mirror?

Fret no more! Adult orthodontics are becoming ever-more popular, and at South East Orthodontics, we have a range of different options to help you straighten up that smile and get the grin you’ve always wanted.

Many adults think that they’ve missed the boat on being able to straighten their teeth. Indeed, the perception of orthodontia as something that is primarily used by teenagers is an enduring, albeit misguided idea. In fact, you can undergo orthodontic treatment at any age, so if you’ve always wanted straighter teeth, you’re in luck!

What Are the Benefits of Adult Orthodontics?

The most obvious benefit to undergoing orthodontic treatment is a cosmetic improvement in your smile. Adult orthodontic treatment can boost self-confidence by providing a more attractive smile. People with poor dental health may even feel embarrassed to smile, which limits social interactions.

A good smile can make you more confident, which could even result in increasing your career and relationship opportunities. Indeed, straightening your smile can lead to increased confidence, which in turn helps you create an excellent first impression – after all, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.

Straight teeth can boost your self-esteem and increase your ability to communicate with others. People with crooked or uneven teeth often experience social anxiety. Adult orthodontic treatment can help you overcome this anxiety and feel more confident in social situations. Straight teeth can also reduce gaps between your teeth, which can help you communicate more clearly.

Increasing your confidence and charm however aren’t the only benefits of undergoing teeth straightening treatment as an adult. Misaligned teeth often overlap with each other, which means that there could be numerous little nooks and crannies between your teeth that are difficult to clean properly. These tough-to-clean areas are absolute breeding grounds for bacteria, and if left unattended can cause a whole host of issues such as tooth decay, bad breath, and periodontal disease.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Periodontal Disease?

Even if your confidence is sky-high without orthodontic treatment, the fact that misaligned teeth can contain huge amounts of bacteria between them should encourage you to look into teeth straightening. The bacteria trapped between your teeth will continue to thrive, and can cause gum disease. Gum disease begins mildly enough – you may notice some tenderness, and maybe some bleeding when you brush. Left untreated however, this can develop into periodontitis – a severe gum disease that can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and even degradation of the jawbone. This can be avoided by thoroughly cleaning and flossing each and every day – a task which is much easier if the teeth are straight!

In addition to restoring your smile, orthodontic treatment can improve your overall health and reduce dental and health care costs for life. Adults can benefit from a better bite, fewer headaches, and better facial harmony.

What Are My Options for Adult Orthodontia?

Conventional braces have remained the standard of orthodontics for decades, but today’s technology offers adults more discreet options for getting straight teeth. For instance, Invisalign, clear braces, and invisible lingual braces are all available for adults.

While conventional braces are still the most effective method of straightening teeth, they require a lot of care and can take months or years to achieve the results you’re after. Additionally, they are far from discreet, which may not be ideal if you’re in a front-facing role, or suffer from low self-confidence.

How Can We Help?

At South East Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted. With a number of adult orthodontic options available, we have no doubt that we can find a solution that suits your needs. Orthodontic treatments have developed apace in the last few years, and we’ve kept on top of all the developments so that we can offer you the very latest treatments. If you want to find out what adult orthodontics can do for your smile, give us a call!

To learn more about our options for adult orthodontic treatment, please have a look here.

To make an appointment with us, please call 03 9330 0702, or contact us here.