Many adults worry that correcting smile issues such as crooked teeth, overcrowding and malocclusion (over or underbite) are things that can only be done when you’re younger. However, this is simply not true. You’re never too old to get braces. In fact, braces can actually combat early signs of aging. Here’s how:
Many of the signs of aging start around the mouth as our lips get thinner and our smile narrows. With braces, we can correct these issues before they start. Braces allow for our teeth to gradually return to a more natural place in our mouth leading to more proportional smiles and fuller lips.
As we age, our cheeks can lose their youthful contours. With braces, we can get those contours back because our teeth will be lifted into a natural place in the mouth. Braces help restore our cheeks, making them look fuller and smoother. The effects of aging can also leave us with a caved-in effect around our mouths with dark triangles forming within our smile’s contours. Braces can help combat this by letting our teeth rest in a better location that doesn’t alter our smile’s contours.
As we age, our oral health becomes even more important. When our teeth are misaligned it can be hard to properly floss and brush leading to cavities and tooth decay – or worse, gum disease. These oral issues can turn into overall health problems like heart disease. Braces can correct misaligned teeth so that they can properly be cared for.
When our smiles look bad, we tend to appear older than we are. With teeth that are crooked, overcrowded and misaligned, we are less likely to smile which can create wrinkles and frown lines. These wrinkles and frown lines can make our face look unbalanced. After wearing braces, we’ll smile more because we’ll be so eager to show off our gorgeous new straight teeth. Braces can help repair facial balance since we’ll spend less time frowning.
If you’re concerned that your braces will be noticeable, don’t be. You can use Invisalign aligners instead of conventional metal braces. These are clear brace-style dental devices that correct and straighten your teeth over the course of a year. They are removable, easy to clean and no one will notice that you are wearing them. Invisalign is discreet and because it can be taken out whenever you want. If you have a special event to go to, you can leave the aligners at home.
Taking those first steps to get braces when you’re an adult can seem daunting. However, at Garden Dental 50% of our patients are adults. Contact us for more information about how you can restore your smile and have beautiful straight teeth.