When you think of brackets and wires on teeth, you probably think of children or teenagers, not adults. You’ve always wanted to correct your misaligned smile, but life has always intervened. You’ve reached the age of 40 and are wondering if it’s even worth it! Do you believe that you are too old for adult braces? Here are three compelling reasons why you should think about getting orthodontic treatment at this point in your life.
Confidence is essential at any age.
You are less likely to show your teeth if you are self-conscious about their appearance. Smiling faces, on the other hand, are perceived as more cheerful, attractive, successful, and trustworthy. You may not be as young as you used to be, but that doesn’t mean you’ve given up on life. You have earned the right to be self-assured in social or professional situations, and there are still plenty of reasons to smile! Braces are a short-term treatment that can improve not only how others perceive you, but also how you perceive yourself.
Oral Health Becomes Even More Important as We Age
Straight teeth are not only more appealing to the eye, but they are also easier to keep clean. Small areas of your teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, or gapped may be just out of reach of your toothbrush. Flossing can also be difficult for people who have misaligned teeth. As a result, they are more prone to tooth decay and other oral health problems.
Everyone, regardless of age, requires a healthy smile. However, maintaining good oral health becomes more difficult as you get older. For example, while nearly half of all American adults over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease, the figure rises to just over 70% for those over the age of 65.
Scientific research has long established a link between dental conditions and medical problems throughout the body. Indeed, studies show 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 Several Orthodontic Options.
Traditional braces are not required if you want to straighten your teeth. Clear braces or Invisalign, for example, may be a better fit for your needs. Ferris Orthodontics can explain your treatment options and assist you in determining a solution that will provide you with the smile you desire while having the least impact on your appearance.
Finally, the benefits of orthodontic treatment far outweigh the drawbacks. Straightening your teeth can boost your self-esteem and make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle as you age.