Believe it or not, dental braces for adults are in very high demand! According to recent statistics, more than 200,000 adults and children across the UK began orthodontic treatment last year alone. The rise in the popularity of braces amongst the adult population has never been higher, so lets take a look at some of the reasons why more adults are choosing to have braces.
Why do we need dental braces?
The whole reason why people choose to have orthodontic treatment is to make the best of their teeth. Many adults never took the opportunity to have braces fitted during childhood, so went on to develop issues with biting, chewing and smiling. Having your teeth straightened can bring about lots of positive benefits, this includes allowing you to bite correctly, eat more comfortably, and to take care of your teeth and gums much more easily than before. Your smile will benefit, too.
Having your teeth straightened as an adult will almost always involves using braces to straighten out any crooked, crowded or protruding teeth. Braces can also be used to bring together and close gaps between teeth. The main benefit of having your teeth straightened is to correct the bite of the teeth so that chewing and eating becomes much more efficient as well as comfortable.
From start to finish, the process of having braces fitted and your teeth becoming straight can last from 18 months to around two years. You will need to book regular appointments to see your orthodontist every four to six weeks or so. This is so they can check that all is going to plan with your treatment, no issues have arisen that will need addressing, and to have your braces adjusted to ensure a constant and even pressure is being applied to your teeth and gums to continue progress.
Here are some good reasons why you should consider having adult braces fitted and the benefits of having the treatment done.
Your teeth will be easier to clean and will remain cleaner
Having straight, perfectly aligned teeth will allow you to get to all the surface of your teeth while brushing. Flossing between your teeth will be made much easier, especially where teeth have been overlapping or crowded together previously. You will also maintain much fresher breath with straight teeth as there will be less nooks and crannies for food particles to lodge into. Your teeth will also have a better chance of staying in good condition for longer going into the future.
You’ll have better oral health
The benefits of straighter teeth and easier cleaning will mean reduced chances of developing dental caries, gum infections and gingivitis. Not only this, but gum disease now has a positive link to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. So these are also other great reasons to have your teeth straighten with braces.
Less risk of damage to your teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are generally weaker and more prone to chipping, cracking and breaks than teeth that are well aligned and supported. The risk of chips and cracks to your teeth increase with age, so damaged teeth can lead for more decay or even the need for removal. By having braces fitted you will be investing in your future dental health as well as your future smile.
Having a great smile is always a great boost to your self-confidence. This can be a reason on it’s own to get your teeth straightened.