When most people think of braces, they commonly associate them with pimply, preteen or teenage kids with a hunk of metal in their mouth. Braces are often seen as just another element to this painfully awkward stage in life, somewhat of a necessity to growing up. What if you are older and still haven’t had them, though? Maybe your parents couldn’t afford them or you just refused to add to the horrors of high school. Whatever the reason, your teeth are crooked and you aren’t a big fan of them. Is it too late to get those braces you avoided in your teenage years? Never. Here’s why.
First of all, braces aren’t just something to make your smile look the way you want it to. They are there to improve your bite and keep you from grading down your teeth over the years. The longer you leave your teeth in their irregular position, the more likely you will grind your teeth down in unnatural ways. The best way to avoid this is to get braces and put your teeth into a natural position that will preserve your teeth for a much longer span of time. Braces remove stress points in your bite, ensuring that your teeth are experiencing equal impact, rather than a lot of impact here and barely any there.
Another reason, maybe a tad bit more surface level, is to improve your confidence. You may think you are a confident person now, but you would be surprised at how much of a difference a new smile can make. A smile that you are proud of might be that push that gets you the job you’ve been interviewing for or the girl you have been eyeing for years. It can also be argued that a flawless smile makes people look younger, adding to the reasons why braces can boost your confidence.
Straightening your teeth also has added benefits that you may never have thought about before. Straighter teeth make it easier to clean them. Easier cleaning means better hygiene, as long as you are actually cleaning them the way you are suppose to. You might not experience increased hygiene while the braces are actually on, but it can be guaranteed that the process will be much easier and worthwhile when those braces come off.
The last benefit may sound like something your grandma would be interested in, but it is definitely something you should take seriously if you want healthy teeth in the long run. Braces help correct periodontal disease, which can cause bone loss. By preventing bone loss, you can avoid those unpleasant dentures for at least a little longer.
Braces have a plethora of advantages and will never disappoint. Although they may be a bit unpleasant at first, the repercussions that come with them are something you can’t ignore. It’s time to get a boost of confidence and get to work on preserving your teeth for the future. Call your local dentist or orthodontist to set up an appointment today.
Written by Dr. Darren Wittenberger, the best orthodontist Columbia MO has to offer, and owner of his own practice, Advance Orthodontics. Dr. Wittenberger enjoys sharing his expertise to ensure people can maintain the healthiest, straightest teeth possible!