When we consider orthodontics later in life, it is easy to assume it involves an adult who simply wants a straighter, more attractive smile. While an aligned and balanced set of teeth certainly improve your appearance, adult orthodontics offers so much more. In fact, it is not a “vain” or “selfish” decision to undergo orthodontics treatment. Straight teeth can improve your speech, eating, jaw comfort and overall oral health!
Speech and Eating
You’ve likely got used to the way your teeth are positioned as an adult. However, you may be surprised at how much better you can speak and chew if your teeth were aligned properly or didn’t have wide spaces.
When your upper teeth don’t fit against your lower teeth like they should, it can put pressure on your jaw joint over time. TMJ disorders are often traced back to malocclusion or a “bad bite.” Therefore, your orthodontic investment could also save you from painful jaw symptoms such as popping, clicking or stiffness. In some cases, a better bite can eliminate frequent headaches associated with TMJ malfunction.
Last but not least, straight teeth are easier to clean. Without the burden of crowding, gaps and overlapping, your teeth and gums can stay cleaner and healthier. This can save you from costly dental repairs for cavities, gum disease and other consequences of plaque accumulation.
Orthodontics Adults Can Feel Good About
So you’ve been convinced that your orthodontic treatment will give you a bigger return on your investment than merely pretty looks. However, you aren’t sure you are willing to spend months or years in metal braces. We get it. That’s why West Hill Family Dental is proud to be a Certified Invisalign Provider. Using this smile straightening system, adults can gain the convenience, comfort and discretion they deserve during orthodontic treatment. Call our office today to learn if you could benefit from Invisalign clear aligner therapy.