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Orthodontic braces, once primarily associated with teenagers, have become increasingly popular among adults seeking to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions or bad bites. Recent estimates suggest that almost one-third of all orthodontic patients are now adults.
Regardless of age, orthodontic braces are highly effective in realigning teeth and correcting malocclusions. However, treatment time is typically shorter in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. While adults can achieve the same beautiful results as teenagers, the treatment process might take longer for them.
Adults can indeed benefit from orthodontic braces. Crooked or misaligned teeth not only affect appearance but can also lead to low self-esteem and confidence. Additionally, improperly aligned teeth can cause difficulties in biting, chewing, and clear articulation. Orthodontists generally agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier, offering several dental and overall health benefits:
- Reduction in tooth decay: Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay.
- Decreased likelihood of periodontal disease: Properly aligned teeth are less prone to gum problems.
- Reduced risk of tooth injury: Straight teeth are less vulnerable to injuries.
- Decreased digestive disorders: Proper chewing, facilitated by aligned teeth, aids in digestion.
Orthodontic braces have evolved to become more convenient for adults. There are various fixed and removable devices available, tailored to specific malocclusion types, such as underbites, overbites, and overcrowding. Before recommending orthodontic treatment, orthodontists address any pre-existing dental conditions like gum disease, plaque buildup, or tooth decay, which could worsen with braces.
Several types of orthodontic braces are popular:
- Traditional braces: These sturdy braces consist of individual brackets cemented to each tooth and connected by an archwire, exerting gentle pressure to align teeth. Traditional braces are typically metal but also come in clear synthetic material or tooth-colored ceramic. Ceramic brackets are more comfortable but can stain from coffee, wine, smoking, and certain foods.