Orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more popular with adults. There are a number of reasons why you would want to visit an orthodontist as an adult. Some are cosmetic but others are directly tied to dental and overall health. Here are 4 of the most common reasons adults, and teens, are seeking orthodontic treatment. You also can check out Dr. Ryan Caudill and Dr. Angela McNeight’s insights on adult braces and Invisalign in our latest blog.
A positive transformation in your bite and smile is a huge self-esteem and confidence booster. More confidence in your smile will lead you to use it more in both your personal and professional life. Your smile is one of the best ways to connect with friends and strangers. If you have not corrected your smile as a child, or if your bite has changed over time, today is the best day to schedule your free consultation.
2) Dental Health
You may notice difficulty in brushing and flossing if your teeth are crowded or misaligned. Food particles and bacteria will collect in areas of the mouth where teeth touch and over time lead to gum and bone problems. Plaque is a direct result of inability or apathy to brushing and flossing, and if left untreated, leads to damage to enamel, bone, and the soft tissues of the mouth.
3) Overall Health
Oral health is an indicator of overall health. Taking care to prevent oral health problems like periodontal disease and gingivitis can decrease your risk for more serious health problems from head to toe. The list of issues that can be effected by dental health includes: cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes management, respiratory infection, pregnancy complications, infertility and erectile dysfunction, cancer, and the list goes on.
Dr. Ryan Caudill also adds that "Over 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, a group of conditions that affect jaw movement and cause pain. In many cases, correcting an uneven bite with orthodontics or surgery can fix the problem and reduce or eliminate pain, headaches, and issues with biting and chewing."
Dr. Angela McNeight reminds you that “Caudill Orthodontics is a Top 1% Invisalign provider and the clear aligners make them a perfect option for adults who wish to correct their bite and smile in a more esthetic way. Some of the benefits of Invisalign include no eating restrictions, less office visits, virtually undetectable, and comfortable. Plus, you can even do whitening with your Invisalign trays so that at the end of treatment, your smile will really shine!" We share more about Invisalign and the benefits on our site.