If you are like many adults out there you may be unhappy with your smile. If you have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, an underbite, or an overbite then it is something that you have lived with all of your life. You may feel self conscious when it comes to smiling and you may avoid smiling in new social situations. Having a smile that you are happy with will make you happier and more self confident. Cosmetic Orthodontics is something that you should seriously consider and it is never too late to have your smile fixed.
Is It Too Late For Me to Get Braces?
There is a bit of stigma attached to the idea of braces and many people think that they are only for children. The easiest time to fix children’s teeth is between the ages of 10 and 14 because children are still growing and the jaw bone is more malleable. But for many people getting braces at this age is simply not possible due to money availability. More and more people are choosing to get braces at a later age. In fact one in five people getting braces today is over the age of 18.
Are Braces Just a Sign of Vanity?
Proper cleaning of your teeth can be difficult if you have alignment problems and this can lead to problems like gum disease or tooth decay. It can also lead to jaw and facial pain as you age because your bite is not correct and it is putting strain the jaw bone or facial muscles.
What do Braces Do?
Braces place pressure on the teeth so that they change their position in the mouth. This changes the whole structure of the mouth and the roots and bones will shift in the direction that they are being forced. You may need to have some teeth extracted before getting braces and you may need to have teeth removed after wearing the braces for a year or more.
My Mouth Will Look Worse Before It Gets Better!
If you are worried about looking silly with a mouthful of metal than cosmetic orthodontics is a really good choice for you. Getting braces no longer means a mouthful of ugly metal tracks across your teeth. You can get Invisalign braces that are clear braces made out of plastic and are custom designed for your teeth. They are removable and they are fitted expertly to your teeth. It takes about two hours to get the braces custom fitted to your teeth. There may be some discomfort involved but over the counter pain killers can make a big difference and your dentist can let you know about the best ways to deal with the discomfort.
Treatment can take anyone from one year to three to four years. For an adult it can take a bit longer for the braces to take effect than it does for a child because your jawbone is not as malleable. You may have to have several sets of braces custom fitted to your teeth as your alignment changes to give you the perfect smile that you deserve!
If you are serious about making your smile more beautiful then you should seriously consider consulting your dentist about cosmetic orthodontics.