Children are not the only ones who are wearing braces to have their teeth straightened. More adults than ever are deciding to wear them as well. Braces can help straighten teeth to allow you to chew your food better, align your teeth to help make your speech clearer, and help make your smile look its best. Here are the benefits adults will receive from wearing braces.
Proper Teeth Alignment
Misaligned teeth can cause many different types of dental problems for adults. Teeth that are misaligned can keep you from chewing your food properly, so the pieces you swallow may be too big and choke you. Also, by not properly masticating food, you can develop digestive problems and not absorb the minerals and vitamins your body needs to stay healthy.
Having crooked teeth can cause damage to them and lead to tooth decay, bone loss and tooth loss. Along with looking bad, tooth decay and losing bone can be painful and lead to abscesses if a decayed tooth becomes infected. Then, if you need to have a tooth pulled and it isn’t replaced with a dental implant, the empty space can cause your teeth to move and become even more crooked.
Bad teeth can cause other medical issues, not just dental ones. If you try to chew with improperly aligned teeth, then excruciating headaches can develop, which can be incapacitating at times. Headaches can make it hard to concentrate on work or at home with your family. Even if you take over the counter pain medications for your headaches, they may not work well since the real problem isn’t being addressed.
When your teeth start to decay, bacteria can get inside of them and cause infections to develop. If your teeth aren’t cleaned out and filled, then the infection can lead to an abscess. An abscess can be extremely painful, and the infection can spread into the bloodstream and throughout your body if it isn’t treated in a timely manner.
Styles of Braces
There are several different types of braces from which to pick if you want to correct the alignment of your teeth and have a better-looking smile. If you are on a budget, then you can choose metal braces to help correct teeth alignment and prevent other dental issues. However, many adults do not want to wear metal braces because they don’t want their braces to be obvious.
Invisalign braces are made from a clear material, so they are virtually invisible. They are for adults who don’t want anyone to know they are wearing braces to correct minor misalignment issues with their teeth. Most orthodontists offer these braces. You can go to work or go out at night, and no one will ever know you are wearing braces to correct your crooked or misaligned teeth.
If you want to have a better-looking smile and prevent further dental complications because of misaligned teeth, you should speak to an orthodontist about how braces can help improve the health of your mouth.