If you are an adult who has crooked teeth, you may be wondering whether or not you should have your misalignment orthodontically corrected. After all, you may have already had crooked teeth for many years.
Regardless of how long you have had misaligned teeth, there are multiple reasons to have the misalignment treated. Here are a few of them.
You Can Smile Freely
Smiling is a universal form of communication. However, if you have crooked teeth, you may be hesitant to smile. Additionally, you may attempt to cover your teeth when you do smile, robbing onlookers of the full impact of your expression's positive effects.
Once your teeth are straight, you may feel more confident about smiling. As a result, you may find it easier to smile freely, allowing you to connect more easily with others around you.
You Can Clean Your Teeth Better
Although your dentist may recommend that you floss at least once a day, you may be unable to complete the task with string floss. With overcrowded teeth, it can be nearly impossible to navigate traditional string floss into the limited interdental spaces. Additionally, due to misalignments, your toothbrush may not adequately reach areas of your mouth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that are arranged in a straight configuration may be cleaned more easily.
You Can Find Relief From Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Problems
If your top and bottom palates do not fit together properly, you may experience TMJ issues. The grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaws can cause constant discomfort.
As the braces help correct the alignment and bite issues that contribute to TMJ, the strain on the jaws and the resulting pain from the condition may subside.
You Can Receive Treatment Without a Mouth Filled With Metal
Nowadays, adult braces are more discreet. Adult options include ceramic or clear braces, lingual braces, and clear plastic aligners. Each option is discreet, making the treatment less noticeable in your mouth.
Ceramic braces include brackets that are made of white or clear ceramic that doesn't look pronounced against your tooth enamel. Lingual braces are placed on the back side of the teeth, where they are hidden from view. Additionally, clear plastic aligners are made of customized transparent plastic through which your teeth are easily seen.
To learn more about the adult orthodontic options that may be suitable for your teeth, schedule a consultation with dentist in your local area.