Braces are such a common treatment among teens, it’s become almost as much a rite of passage about adolescence as homework and acne. However, orthodontics aren’t just for teens. Not anymore, at least.
At Lapalco Family Dental, we see patients all the time who wish they had straighter teeth but feel like they’re too old to do anything about it. If you’re an adult, the thought of having to wear traditional metal braces for a couple of years is less than appealing. Somehow, braces are easier to endure when you’re in school and many of your friends are going through it at the same time.
So where does that leave adults with crooked teeth? Keep reading to find out why orthodontics aren’t just a young person’s game anymore.
Teenagers look forward to prom and high school graduation, two important life events where there are certainly no shortages of photo ops. But think about all the special life events that follow.
Photos taken at weddings, baby showers and milestones, family and class reunions, and dream vacations will all be revisited and enjoyed long after the events themselves. For years and years, those pictures will decorate your walls and photo albums.
You’ll want a straight beautiful smile staring back at you when you look back upon your most special memories.
Even if your need for orthodontics is merely cosmetic, meaning you don’t have headaches or poor bite alignment, you have reason enough to straighten your teeth. As you age, your risk for dental problems like decay, cavities, and gum disease increases.
If you have misshapen, crooked teeth, or gaps in your smile, it can make these problems easier to manifest themselves. By seeking orthodontic treatment later in life, you’re lowering your risks for these issues because you’ll have a better chance of keeping straight teeth cleaner and healthier.
It’s an unfortunate truth, but as much as we’d like to think we’re all judged solely by our character and our efforts, appearances do matter. An attractive smile can take you further than one you’d rather hide behind.
This is true professionally and personally. With an attractive, straight smile that gives you confidence, you’re more likely to win people over, to feel free to be yourself, and to attract others to you.
It might surprise you to know that even into adulthood, your teeth are still shifting. They don’t move as quickly or as much as they do during childhood and adolescence, but they do move. That means that even if you had braces when you were younger, it is possible you could have one or more teeth that have come out of step with the others.
Advances in technology and modern medicine, along with a deeper awareness about the connections between nutrition and health, we’re living longer. This is certainly something to celebrate!
But with that comes the greater possibility that you may experiences problems with your smile caused by wear and tear. This only means that you’ll have to work more at achieving and maintaining a healthy, attractive smile for longer.
Now we can answer the question we posed at the start, which is where all of this leaves adults who want straighter teeth. At Lapalco Family Dental, we offer options that are perfect for adults such as Six Month Smiles and ClearCorrect.
Both options are just as effective in correcting crooked teeth as traditional braces, but both are also clear and much less likely to draw attention than metal brackets and wires. They also have the advantage of time. ClearCorrect and Six Month Smiles take months in comparison to 2 years or longer with traditional treatment.
It’s as simple as that! An orthodontic solution for adults who want and deserve a beautiful smile, yet who prefer not to have to endure years of looking like a teen with a mouth full of metal to get it. You can explore your options in adult orthodontics right here in Marrero, LA.
Call Lapalco Family Dental today at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landry. Find out if one of our orthodontic options is the right solution for your smile!