As an adult, the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment with braces or alternative methods can be life changing. Spending the majority of one’s life with crooked teeth, poor alignment of teeth within the jaws, or even poor alignment between the upper and lower jaws, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the benefits of adult braces. It can also be difficult to fully appreciate the risks of foregoing treatment, especially if the problems have been minimal for the majority of one’s life.
Upon visiting the orthodontist, each patient is presented with an overview of their current condition, along with options for treatment to improve the condition of their teeth and jaws. The orthodontist can explain the individual details, and adult patients are often surprised by the risks associated with leaving crooked or misaligned teeth and jaws as they are. Just because the problems experienced have seemed minimal to this point, doesn’t mean they will remain minimal. As the body ages, poorly aligned teeth and/or jaws can suffer from a host of problems ranging from plague and tartar buildup in hard to reach places to bone loss resulting in loose teeth.
When teeth are misaligned, crowded, crooked, or otherwise in unhealthy positions, there is an increased risk of plaque buildup…
When teeth are misaligned, crowded, crooked, or otherwise in unhealthy positions, there is an increased risk of plaque buildup, which turns to tartar when not cleaned off effectively through daily brushing and flossing. The buildup eventually creates permanent discoloration on the affected teeth, and increases the risk of dental caries (cavities), leading to tooth decay. The gums also suffer, with increased risk of periodontal disease. By improving the teeth through orthodontic treatment, they become easier to clean and care for, and thereby significantly stronger and healthier.
Poorly aligned teeth greatly affect the way the upper and lower jaws come together. When the teeth don’t fit together the way they should, patients can suffer from increased wear on the teeth that receive the greatest force during biting and chewing, as well as risks of breaking teeth from uneven pressure. Bruxism, teeth grinding, is also very common in patients with poor teeth alignment. After treatment with an orthodontist, adult patients are often surprised at the improvement of their overall comfort.
To learn more about adult braces and orthodontic treatment options, consult our skilled orthodontic team today. Call 210-921-9191 to schedule your visit.