Braces are not just for teenagers. Many adults should have gotten braces as youngsters but didn’t for whatever reason. It’s not too late to correct many orthodontic problems for adults. If you live in Oak Lawn, here are five good reasons to consider braces, no matter what your age.
The most common reason people get braces is to improve their appearance. There’s nothing like a straight, white smile to make a good impression on others. You may not realize that crooked teeth may create serious dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. They are harder to keep clean because sometimes dental floss won’t go in between making it likely that gum disease will develop.
You may be fine with the appearance of your crooked and overlapping teeth but not realize the oral problems you may face in the future. Teeth that protrude higher than the others, teeth that grow in sideways and teeth that grow on top of another tooth will all cause problems in the future. Gum disease and jawbone deterioration to name just a few.
Gaps between teeth may look cute in a child but can ruin tooth alignment and throw off the bite. Gaps also leave the jawbone unexercised from chewing, which will result in bone deterioration. If chewing becomes painful, you may avoid certain foods and become malnourished without realizing it at first.
4Malocclusion is the term for a misaligned bite. This could be an overbite or an underbite. These conditions will affect the way you chew. Misaligned teeth may wear down faster, leading to loose, sore and broken teeth. As stated above, these teeth will be more difficult to keep clean, which could lead to gum disease and cavities. In certain studies, gum disease has been linked to diabetes and stroke. It is possible to have gum disease and not be aware of it. This is why regular dental checkups are essential.
Traditional metal sets are smaller than they were in the past, but other options include:
• Lingual braces that function like traditional metal ones but are applied to the back of the teeth so they are not visible from the front.
• Ceramic sets fit on the front like traditional braces but are tooth-colored so they are virtually invisible from a distance and in many photographs. Each type of braces comes with certain dietary restrictions so you don’t break a bracket or wire by eating something hard or sticky.
• Invisalign is a tooth-straightening program that uses clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligner is almost impossible to see even from very close, and since it is removed when you eat and clean your teeth, there are no dietary restrictions as with other braces.
If you are considering braces, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics. At our convenient locations in Oak Lawn and Frankfort, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!