It’s never too late to get the smile of your dreams. Many people associate braces and orthodontic treatment with younger patients, but here at Bigman Orthodontics, we strive to provide excellent, personalized treatment for patients of all ages. In fact, more than a million adults wear braces, and the trend continues to grow. In this post, we will go over some of the advantages of getting braces as an adult.
Oral Health is Wealth
Braces do more than just straighten your teeth. They also provide many other health benefits. Common health problems such as headaches, jaw pain, digestion, and sleep issues can be avoided by getting braces.
Braces require more maintenance and adjustments to your hygiene routine but can encourage habits to increase overall oral cleanliness. Extra care and attention go into cleaning your teeth with braces, which leads to a cleaner mouth. Straighter teeth can make cleaning easier, with less room for plaque and bacteria to grow inside. This decreases your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. It also makes flossing easier.
As for benefits beyond your mouth, your teeth are a crucial part of the digestive process, so their overall effect on your health goes a long way. For example, misalignment of your jaw can cause damage to the area where your teeth meet when you take a bite, which can make the chewing process difficult and painful. When your jaw or teeth do not meet properly when you’re chewing, you risk over-exerting your jaw muscles which can lead to complications like TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. The result of not chewing properly is that your digestion can be compromised, as food is not adequately digested, and this can lead to diminished nutrient absorption, indigestion, and reflux.
Advanced Treatment Options
Since the orthodontic world is constantly improving treatment methods, getting braces as an adult can often be a more seamless experience. There are plenty of treatment options for how you want to create the perfect smile. Bigman Orthodontics offers the latest orthodontics technology and treatment, so your new orthodontic treatment gives you the smile you’ve been waiting for.
Traditional metal braces are a classic treatment option for getting a beautiful smile. Metal braces are bridged together using metal brackets and arches to help straighten your teeth over time. They are typically made of stainless steel and nickel, making the brackets very durable.
They’re an effective option for treating many orthodontic issues and can close gaps. They also align the teeth relatively quickly. Remember, the treatment and care of your braces are essential. Your diet, hygiene routine, and maintaining regular check-ins all factor in the effectiveness of your treatment. Traditional metal braces are a great way to an even better smile. Through the treatment process and your new hygiene routine, metal braces also help teach proper oral care so you can maintain your beautiful smile long after treatment.
Like metal braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to help straighten teeth. They are made of ceramic material and are also set with brackets. Clear braces are a popular choice for those who want to blend in during treatment.
The main benefit of getting clear braces is that they are easy to disguise. With the slightly smaller frame, clear braces are designed to blend in with your teeth for a more natural look.
However, it’s important to note that clear braces are more fragile than traditional metal braces. They can also discolor from things like juice or coffee between visits, so it’s important to be careful when choosing clear braces for treatment.
Clear aligners use a series of invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth. They are typically removable and are designed to fit comfortably on your teeth as they work to enhance your smile.
Clear aligners are a great option for patients who had braces when they were younger and just need a touch-up. They also work well for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems. While clear aligners are a great alternative to braces, there are a few things to note when using aligners to ensure the most effective treatment possible.
Clear aligners don’t require any metal, making them easy to apply and use during treatment. As you progress in the teeth-straightening process, the aligners will slowly shift your teeth into place. Each tray is made to slightly shift your teeth until they are perfectly aligned into a new and improved smile.
Getting braces as an adult can be cost-efficient in terms of both treatment and maintenance. All the expensive dentist visits that keep your smile in shape can be decreased with the benefits of braces. They also help prevent problems that could come up if misaligned teeth aren’t addressed.
Braces can help you fight cavities, reduce your risk of gum disease, avoid expensive dental procedures like tooth extractions, and leave no room for the chance of prosthetics in the future. Specific orthodontic issues like jaw misalignment can wear down your teeth, which can leave your teeth chipped, cracked, or even gone altogether, which can be costly for you in the long run.
Adult braces can help you avoid these pricey problems. On top of that, braces deal with these problems directly, so you don’t have to see specialists who will treat symptoms of problems rather than the source. All this helps you save time, money, and hassle by tackling the root of problems before they can arise. The result is a better long-term smile for a lower price.
Beam With Confidence
No matter your age, a nice straight smile can be a helpful boost to your confidence. Your smile impacts your self-esteem, confidence, and how people perceive you. You deserve to feel at your best, and that starts with presenting your best smile. Braces can give you a personal transformation that can leave you feeling more like yourself and leave a better first impression on everyone you meet.
Let Your Smile Grow With Bigman Orthodontics
At Bigman Orthodontics, we value creating a safe and friendly environment for patients of all ages. Dr. Bigman and his team of professionals are dedicated to providing customized treatments for each of our patients in a way that makes you feel listened to and comfortable throughout the entire process. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, please give us a call or visit our office in San Ramon, CA. We are happy to get you started on your oral health journey!