Adults get braces for a number of different reasons. Wondering if you may need adult braces? Ultimately, you should make an appointment with a specialist who can advise you, but in the meantime, here is a look at some of the situations where adults may need braces.
You’re Unhappy With Your Smile
Some people turn to adult braces after years of being dissatisfied with their smiles. If you feel embarrassed by crooked teeth, gaps, overlapping teeth, or other issues, you may want adult braces. In these cases, there are lots of options. For instance, you could go with a product such as Six Month smiles which works quickly and primarily addresses cosmetic issues.
Your Bite Is Painful or Not Fitting Together Correctly
Adult braces aren’t just cosmetic. They can also help with issues related to your bite. If you are grinding your teeth, getting headaches due to TMJ, or having difficulty chewing, braces may also be able to help. In these cases, the orthodontist uses the braces to move your teeth together so that when you bite down your teeth fit perfectly together.
In the long run, that can even help to reduce cavities. When teeth are rubbing together in the wrong way, the enamel can start to break down and make the teeth more susceptible to cavities. When you fix your bite, that issues goes away.
You Never Had Braces as a Child
Did you need braces as a child? Did your parents not get them due to finances or for any other reason? That’s okay. You can fix a lot of those issues as an adult. Don’t worry that it’s too late for braces. Instead, contact an orthodontist to learn more today.
You Didn’t Wear Your Retainer as a Teenager
Even if you had braces as a child, there is a chance that you didn’t complete the treatment. After braces, many patients have to wear retainers. The retainers hold the teeth in place and help to ensure that they don’t shift back into their usual spots.
However, if you didn’t wear your retainer, your braces treatment may not have worked correctly. In that situation, you can get adult braces to basically pick up where your child treatment left off. Your orthodontist can also recommend any new treatments or adjustments that are now necessary.
Your Teeth Have Shifted
In some cases, you may have done everything perfectly. You may have gotten braces as a child and worn the retainer as directed. However, in spite of that, your teeth may have still shifted into unwanted spots due to an injury or other causes.
If that has happened, you should also contact an orthodontist about your options. Adult braces can take the form of traditional metal braces. However, if you want a less noticeable option, you can opt for Invisalign. Those clear aligners or trays that you put into your mouth. There are also ceramic braces which work like traditional braces but look more discreet.
At BB Braces, we serve adults as well as children. In fact, you can get braces right alongside your child. To learn more and set up a consultation, contact us today. We provide orthodontic care to families throughout the metro Atlanta area.