Have you ever thought about braces as an adult? Have you ever look in the mirror and thought that it would be nice to have straighter teeth? Or perhaps there is a different reason why you think braces would be a good idea. Sometimes it can be hard to know whether you really need them; if that is how you feel, read on for some useful advice and some tips on what to look out for.
Your Dentist Has Suggested It
Gone are the days when braces were only for teenagers who had lost their milk teeth but whose adult teeth had come in wonky or too close together. That certainly used to be the case, but today braces are for everyone, and it could well be that your dentist has suggested you get braces to straighten your teeth. If this is something that has been commented on during a consultation with your dentist, it’s certainly worth paying attention to. After all, they are experts when it comes to teeth and oral health in general, and if they feel that braces would help you, you might want to discuss your options with a specialist.
Gapping And Spacing
If you look at a celebrity like Madonna or Zac Efron or Elton John, you’re sure to notice that they have gaps in their teeth. This is part of what makes them unique, and because it’s so well known, they wouldn’t change it now that they are famous.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to like the gaps in your teeth. In fact, it might even be something that causes you problems with your confidence. Getting braces as an adult to correct this issue and close those gaps up can make a huge difference to your smile and ensure that your confidence levels are improved dramatically.
Conversely, you might have too many teeth that are too close together and they are crowding one another, the opposite of spacing and gapping. In some cases, this can cause problems when eating, although most of the time it will be a personal choice, much like when it comes to close a gap, as to whether you have braces to correct the issue.
In this instance, you might also need to have some teeth removed to accommodate the space and ensure that the remaining teeth can be healthy and spaced correctly.
Sometimes having braces fitted is not about changing the look of your teeth as such (although that will be one of the most obvious outcomes); it might be necessary due to a health issue. If you can’t bite or chew your food properly because of the way your teeth are set in your mouth you can develop eating problems. You might not eat enough because you simply aren’t able to do it. Or perhaps you’ll eat too much of the wrong types of food like ice cream or pudding because you don’t have to chew it. Plus there are many other problems that can develop too, including the fact that your speech may be affected.
If this is your situation, then it is your doctor rather than your dentist – or a combination of the two collaborating – that will suggest the changes that need to be made. The sooner you can have your aligners fitted the better, and the change in your life and health will be amazing.