Should I Get Braces as an Adult?
When you think about meeting someone for the first time, their smile is typically one of the first things you notice. For many of our adult patients, getting orthodontic treatment later in life can help correct dental concerns and lead to a more favorable appearance — helping them to put their best smile forward.
If you’re considering braces as an adult, keep reading to learn some of the top benefits of this treatment from our staff at Nilda M. Woolard, DDS.
1. Your teeth may have shifted since your last treatment
If you’ve seen an orthodontist as a teenager or in recent years, it’s possible that your teeth have shifted since your last treatment. Whether from impacted wisdom teeth changing your alignment or neglecting to wear your retainer, shifting teeth can change the appearance of your smile.
If you’ve worn braces in the past and aren’t in favor of traditional braces, Invisalign braces are a great option to help you re-straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. At Nilda M. Woolard, DDS, we can take an updated mold of your teeth and create your Invisalign just for you.
2. You have never undergone orthodontic treatment
Whether you delayed orthodontic treatment at a young age because of cost or because you didn’t need braces at the time, healthy teeth can be moved and shifted at any age.
If you didn’t have access to proper orthodontic care at a young age, today’s options are more flexible and affordable than ever. At Nilda M. Woolard, DDS, we’ll take the time to discuss your various treatment options with you, as well as lay out the costs. If you’ve been waiting to correct your misaligned teeth, there’s no better time to get the smile of your dreams.
2. You may have a life event coming up
Whether it’s a career change, wedding, or exciting family event — having a bright, white, and straight smile for the big day will help you feel more confident. The good news is, most treatments only take up to 16 months, which means you can work on your straightened smile until just a few days before your big event.
If you’re looking for an even faster treatment method, Fastbraces® may be for you! While traditional braces move the teeth into position in stages over the period of about 16 months to 2 years, the brackets in Fastbraces work on a different mechanical principle to correct the position of the roots of the teeth from the outset of treatment, to realign the root and crown of each tooth simultaneously.
This means that your treatment may be complete in as little as 3 months to about a year, and some patients notice results in just a few weeks.
3. You have health conditions you want to correct
In addition to wanting to look and feel confident with a rejuvenated smile, getting braces as an adult proves to be beneficial for your health as well. Some studies have shown that braces have served as a treatment for the following health conditions:
Temporomandibular Joint (also known as TMJ) is a form of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) — where the temporomandibular joint of your jaw can become painful and sensitive, leaving patients unable to chew on one or both sides of their mouth. Additionally, TMJ can lead to migraines and tooth damage, as well as other forms of discomfort.
As braces work to straighten and shift your teeth, patients with TMJ have found that after treatment the pain in their jaw has subsided or been reduced.
Also known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), patients with this condition experience a pause between their breaths, which causes shallow breathing during sleep. This occurs when the muscles in the throat become too relaxed, leaving airways blocked and a reduced amount of air reaching the lungs.
While considered a serious condition, sleep apnea patients have found relief from their symptoms after undergoing orthodontic treatments.
Adult Orthodontic Treatments in Valencia
Interested in adult braces? Book a consultation with our team at Nilda M. Woolard, DDS to determine which orthodontic treatment option would best suit your needs: traditional braces, Invisalign, or Fastbraces. Every patient is different, which is why we recommend you come to our Valencia office for an appointment to discuss your goals and concerns with our skilled dentist, Dr. Woolard.
Contact our team today for a consultation: (661) 387-2553