Getting Braces As An Adult

Friday, June 22nd, 2012, 6:06 pm

As we age our jaws get smaller and our teeth tend to move. Even if you were one of the lucky few born with a beautiful straight smile you may have noticed some changes as time has gone on. Besides cosmetic reasons there may be health benefits to having dental braces as an adult. Dental braces or orthodontics can treat: crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, bite problems such as overbite or underbite, and problems with jaw position.

Having overcrowded, crooked teeth or bite problems can put you at higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay because it is much more difficult to thoroughly clean your teeth. Crooked teeth and a poor bite can also affect the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) causing headache, facial pain and neck pain.

Each case is different and will require a different form of treatment but most adults choosing to straighten their teeth will have options. Of course there are conventional braces with metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth. This is a tried and true method of correcting a crooked smile but are very noticeable so many adults avoid this option.

Invisalign uses a series of clear acrylic aligners to move your teeth into alignment. The advantages of Invisalign are that they are almost invisible when worn and are easily removed for eating and toothbrushing. Your dentist can tell you if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

For more information about your choices in adult dental braces and to schedule a consultation please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

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