In El Dorado and Monroe, we know that what comes to mind for most people when they think of braces is young children and teens. And that makes perfect sense. After all, upwards of 80% of all teens will receive orthodontic care, whether traditional braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign.
Something you may not think about when you think of braces is adults. But you should! The American Association of Orthodontists reports that, of the nearly 4 million Americans who receive braces each year, 1 in 4 are adults! And there are plenty of good reasons for that. That’s why we asked Dr. Kevin Williams to sit down with us and go over 4 reasons to get adult braces.
1: More Options Than Ever
Did you know that not only are more adults getting braces now than at any time in the past but also there are quite a few more options than ever? It’s true! From traditional metal braces, which employ the standard wire and bracket method, to ceramic braces, which are similar to metal but have a more see through appearance and a lighter material, the choices are practically endless!
Many working adults are attracted to the reduced profile of ceramic braces. Options such as Invisalign and self-ligating are even more discreet and are suitable for many different types of orthodontic treatment. In some cases, you may even be able to employ a simple retainer, depending on Dr. Williams’ evaluation of your particular case.
2: Braces Aren’t Just for Straightening Your Smile
As you age, your tooth and jaw profile change. It is a normal part of aging that the jawbone begins to lose density; this, in turn, results in a certain degree of drift in the teeth. Depending on the severity of this drift, it can lead to crowding. Crowding leads to an uptick in harmful bacteria and can cause discomfort with chewing and other health concerns.
Bottom line – braces aren’t just for looks! They can have a significant positive impact on your overall health and well-being!
3: A Little Self-Esteem Goes a Long Way
The Results are in – nearly one-third of Americans say that the first thing they notice about someone new is their teeth. The same research shows that 45 percent of Americans associate straighter teeth with better chances of being hired for a particular job.
It’s not just business! The same study looked at how your smile affects your love life. Long story short, you are roughly 57% more likely to find a match on a dating site, according to the research.
4: They Can Solve Major Health Problems
Some of the common problems treated by braces include:
- Malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth)
These bite problems can result in painful disorders such as TMJ and Bruxism (grinding of the teeth). Bruxism and TMJ can lead to increased anxiety, headaches, as well as deterioration of bone density and tooth decay. Dr. Williams and the team at Williams Orthodontics can make sure that these disorders don’t develop or, if they’re already present to some degree, can treat them effectively before they cause real problems down the line.
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Dr. Williams is proud to serve the community here in El Dorado and Monroe. A big part of that service is ensuring that adults receive the orthodontic care to unlock the smiles they deserve and the oral health they need.
Consultations are always 100% free, and our team simply can’t wait to show you why our no. 1 value is caring consideration for our patients. We’ll see you soon!