Why Straighten Teeth as an Adult?
In some ways, adult braces may be more important than braces for teens. Although teens are at the best age for fixing their teeth, adults that do not get their teeth straightened may put themselves at risk for a variety of different issues that can affect their oral health over time.
That is why adult braces have many benefits including, but not limited to:
- Reduced Risk of Facial Pain – When you have a misaligned bite, it can put pressure on your jaw and mouth. This may lead to several common pains to your face and head, including jaw pain, headaches, and pain around the eyes and temples. Fixing your teeth reduces this risk.
- Reduced Risk for TMJ – Similarly, malocclusion, overbites, and other common bite problems increase your risk for developing TMJ, which causes similar facial pain symptoms and can have additional complications, such as lockjaw.
- Preventing Further Shifts – Your teeth shift as you age. If your teeth are crooked now, they are at risk for becoming even more crooked in the future when left untreated. Thus, your adult braces can be used to help keep your teeth from causing any worsened bite problems over time.
- Better Digestion – You may not always notice it, but any problems with your bite may also affect how you chew food. Crushing food easily within your teeth plays a role in digestion. Fixing your teeth, then, can help your digestion improve as a result.
- Cosmetic Benefits – Of course, it is hard to avoid the benefits of braces without acknowledging the cosmetic benefits. Even if you have always been confident despite struggling with crooked teeth, many adults report feeling significantly more confident in their smile once their teeth are aligned.
These are only a few of the many benefits of adult braces, and some of the main reasons that you should strongly consider undergoing braces if your orthodontist has recommended them. For more information about adult braces in Mission Viejo and Orange County, please call us today at 949-770-8011.
Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism or teeth clenching, is a common orthodontic problem in children and young adults. Tooth grinding is best associated with stress, although some children may grind their teeth for what seems like no reason at all. It is a condition that can cause several problems for your child’s teeth and jaw, including:
- Weaker/Damaged Teeth
- Facial Pain
Although some children experience no noticeable symptoms, it is still a problem that benefits from early treatment, as the damage that can occur to the mouth can be progressive.