You’re never too old to get braces! Whether you’re 30 or 80, there are dozens of reasons why our adult patients get orthodontic treatment when they do. Since aligning your teeth as a variety of different benefits, investing in a straighter smile is something that can complement your oral health at any phase of life.
…Are Less Prone to Periodontal Disease
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss? Crowded, crooked, and misaligned teeth are usually the first ones to suffer from periodontal infections. That’s because infectious plaque biofilm settles around and between them, in hard-to-clean areas.
If you’re someone who is always struggling with unhealthy gums or are starting to see bone loss on your X-rays around crooked teeth, then investing in adult braces can help you potentially lower your risk of tooth loss later on.
…Lower Your Cavity Risk
Just like gum disease, crooked teeth tend to get cavities more often than teeth that are properly aligned. Although flossing and brushing, along with a balanced diet, are essential for combatting tooth decay, crowded areas may still harbor acidic biofilm between your home care sessions. Ask how getting braces — especially removable aligners, which are easy to clean — could help you lower your risk of tooth decay.
…Don’t Wear Down as Quickly
Tooth enamel is the strongest, most durable substance in your entire body. But when teeth bite end-to-end, they can actually wear each other down at rapid rates. If you’re seeing the effects of accelerated wear or broken dental work, we may need to check the alignment of your teeth. Making modifications to tooth positioning with braces could help your smile function at an optimal level, extending the lifetime of your smile and the restorative investments you’ve made.
…Reduce the Pain of TMJ Disorder
When teeth don’t align properly (especially if you have a cross-bite or open-bite) your jaw has to move in irregular and abnormal ways to thoroughly bite into and chew your food. Over time, this leads to strain and damage to your TMJ, or jaw joint. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include headaches, pain upon opening and closing your mouth, popping, clicking, and deterioration of the ligaments around it.
…Are Aesthetically Pleasing
We can’t talk about adult braces in Long Island without mentioning the aesthetic appeal of a straight smile. If you’ve always felt self-conscious about having crooked teeth, investing in orthodontic treatment may be exactly what you need to feel confident about showing off your smile in social encounters. Plus, it’s a natural, non-invasive way to enhance the way you look.
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Since Sachem Dental Group provides in-house braces at our multi-specialty dental clinic, we’re able to customize your adult orthodontic treatment without referring you elsewhere. If you’re considering adult braces, we invite you to visit with our Long Island dentists to find out which solution is right for you. We have over 35 years of experience serving Suffolk County!