Realigning adult teeth: more than just aesthetics

Teeth With Invisible BracesWhen you think about orthodontics, do you think it’s just for kids? Well, you’d be wrong. An increasing number of adults are also opting to have their teeth straightened – indeed, teeth straightening is more popular than ever before, with some 20,000 adults, children, and teenagers estimated to be currently undergoing orthodontic treatment.

One of the main barriers to orthodontic treatment among adults is the false belief that fixed metal braces are the only option. It’s true that they remain popular with children and teens, who often enjoy the ability to customise their braces – for example using the colours of their favourite football or rugby team in the braces’ bands. But adults are looking for a subtler solution, and thanks to modern orthodontic advances there are now several options available.

So don’t let a fear of a mouth full of metal put you off seeking orthodontic treatment. Instead, contact an experienced orthodontic team such as the one at PDC Dental in Barnsley to find out more about how invisible braces such as Invisalign could give you the straight smile you’ve always wanted, and so much more besides.

What a lot of people don’t realise when they are considering orthodontic treatment is that the benefits of such procedures – whether as an adult, a child, or a teenager – are more than just cosmetic.

The leading causes of tooth loss among adults in the UK are gum disease and tooth decay. Although some people are genetically more disposed to suffer gum disease, and certain conditions such as pregnancy or autoimmune disorders can increase your chances of the condition arising, the main factor behind both gum disease and tooth decay is inadequate dental hygiene.

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When it comes to tooth straightening, it is important to remember that straighter teeth are much easier to keep clean, because gaps where food particles previously got trapped and started to decompose, leading to a build-up of plaque bacteria, are closed up.

It goes without saying, of course, that you will still need to make sure you have an effective routine of brushing and flossing at home, and that you must visit your dentist and hygienist as regularly as they recommend, but so long as you keep this routine up, straightening your teeth can improve your oral and general health.