When you think of teeth braces and wires, you probably think of children or teenagers rather than adults. You’ve always wanted to fix your misaligned smile, but life has always gotten in the way. You’ve turned 40 and are wondering if it’s all worth it! Do you think you’re too old for adult braces? Here are three compelling reasons why you should start thinking about orthodontic treatment right away.
Confidence is important at any age.
If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you are less likely to show them. Smiling faces, on the other hand, are associated with joy, attractiveness, success, and dependability. You may no longer be as young as you once were, but that doesn’t mean you’ve given up on life. You have earned the right to be confident in social and professional situations, and there are still many reasons to smile! Braces are a short-term treatment that can improve both your own and others’ perceptions of you.
As we get older, our oral health becomes more important.
Straight teeth are not only more appealing to the eye, but they are also easier to clean. Small areas of crooked, overcrowded, or gapped teeth may be just beyond the reach of your toothbrush. Flossing can also be challenging for people with misaligned teeth. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and other oral health issues.
Everyone, no matter their age, requires a healthy smile. Keeping good oral health, on the other hand, becomes more difficult as we get older. While nearly half of all American adults over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease, the figure nearly doubles for those over the age of 65.
Scientific studies have long established a link between dental problems and medical issues throughout the body. Indeed, research indicates that people with gum disease are much more likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few conditions that disproportionately affect the elderly.
You Have a Variety of Orthodontic Options.
Straightening your teeth does not require the use of traditional braces. For you, clear braces or Invisalign may be a better option. Hallgren Orthodontics can discuss your treatment options with you and work with you to find a solution that will give you the smile you want while having the least impact on your appearance.
Finally, the advantages of orthodontic treatment far outweigh the disadvantages. Straightening your teeth can boost your self-esteem and make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle as you get older.