Adult Orthodontics for Beginners: A Personal Guide

Orthodontic treatment is something most people believe is reserved for kids and teenagers. What most people don’t realize, however, is that your adult teeth are not fully grown until age 25. That means many adults go years without realizing they need treatment. Getting started with the right orthodontist can seem intimidating, but luckily, it’s become easier than ever before. 

Why Adult Orthodontics is Needed

Adult Orthodontics is more common than people think. It can be because of a bad bite, also known as malocclusion, where teeth fit together incorrectly. Another common problem is that teeth are overcrowded or spaced apart, which leads to tooth decay or gum disease. Some people come in because of jaw pain or pressure, which is also caused by crooked teeth. Whether you are suffering from one of these conditions or want to improve your smile, adults have several options for orthodontic treatment available nowadays.  

Common Treatments for Adult Orthodontics

Most adults are driven away by the idea of having metal braces. They think back to their adolescence, when extensive headgear was mandatory in some cases. What many don’t realize is that today’s treatment options offer new varieties of braces that are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. This includes clear braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating, and invisible aligners such as Invisalign. All of these newer options are customizable to meet every patient’s needs. 

Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

If you are unsure of whether visiting an orthodontist as an adult is right for you, consider these points: 

  • Oral Health- Teeth that are aligned properly are easier to maintain. Flossing and brushing come much easier and prevents future problems down the line. 
  • Confidence- Having a straight smile can give you a boost of self-confidence, aiding you in your quality of life and overall health. 
  • Less Risk- Untreated dental problems almost always leads to more severe cases. We always recommend you see a professional as soon as possible.  

Schedule a Visit 

At Watson Orthodontics, we welcome all ages for orthodontic care. The best way to know whether braces are right for you is to schedule a visit. Click here to request an appointment today.