Straight, beautiful teeth and an attractive smile are something everyone aspires to, but few people are born with them. The excitement of that first one or two teeth sure gets the attention of the parents and grandparents, but then comes the permanent teeth phase when crooked teeth and other alignment issues emerge. In comes the orthodontist, who remedies the issue with orthodontics treatments, namely braces.
But what happens if you skipped that part and allowed your teeth to grow in crooked? You are now an adult who is used to that less-than-perfect smile. Should you leave well enough alone? Is it that big of a deal to embark on orthodontics as an adult?
Allena Willis Kennerly, DMD, at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics offers her assessment of why adults with crooked teeth should consider orthodontics.
The first misconception is that straightening teeth is all about vanity. Yes, straight teeth enhance your appearance, but getting braces as an adult is a distinct choice that often comes down to a practical decision that blends health and aesthetics.
Misaligned teeth are hard to keep clean
Simply put, crooked, misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss. When you can’t properly remove food debris and plaque buildup, your teeth are more prone to tooth decay as well as gum disease. The straighter your teeth, the better able you are to implement an effective at-home oral care routine.
Eating, chewing and speaking properly
Teeth play a dual role in eating and chewing as well as speaking clearly. When teeth are crooked or out of position they affect how well you can chew and eat. When you can’t chew correctly, you can’t eat certain foods, which prevent you from fueling your body with a balanced diet. The foods you can eat also may not be digested well since the process of chewing breaks down foods for the digestive system.
Teeth aren’t all about eating, though. Their proper alignment enables you to pronounce words clearly. When your teeth are crooked, your speech is often peppered by whistling sounds or a lisp.
More options for braces
Adults considering having their teeth straighten don’t need to worry about the whole metal-mouth issue with metal wires and brackets accompanied by messy waxes. It’s a brave, new world for adults finally getting healthy, straight teeth.
Clear aligner trays such as Invisalign® enable adults and teens to finally capture the smile they’ve always wanted in a fraction of the time of traditional braces. As if that weren’t enough, they are removable and virtually visible. You can take them out to eat your meals and brush and floss, and no one will know you are wearing them.
Beautiful smiles boost confidence
If you waited until adulthood to consider fixing your crooked teeth, you are not alone. More than 5 million people have used Invisalign®. It’s never too late to fix the alignment of your teeth and improve your oral health.
Since your oral health is an important indicator of your overall health, putting straightening your teeth with orthodontics treatment on your bucket list just makes sense. And sporting your new straight teeth will put your confidence through the roof.
If you have been considering orthodontics, make an appointment with Dr. Willis at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, located in Washington, D.C. She can help you understand your options and help you check this one off your bucket list. Book online or call today.