About twenty percent of people who are in braces to straighten teeth are adults. Some had braces as adolescents or teens and their teeth have moved over time. Others never had braces and want to straighten crooked or crowded teeth to create a more pleasing smile. Some adults go into orthodontic treatment because of a misaligned bite, which can lead to TMJ (jaw joint) disorder.
When teeth are in proper alignment, jaw joints and facial muscles move harmoniously during chewing, speaking and even yawning. When teeth are not in alignment, the result can be worn, chipped or broken teeth. Jaw joints (known as TMJ) are also strained when teeth are not properly aligned. TMJ disorder can eventually lead to night-time clenching and grinding, migraines, frequent headaches, jaw popping and tenderness, ear ringing, vertigo and facial pain.
Although some adults may feel awkward about wearing braces, it’s generally seen as a sign of a health-conscious individual. An attractive smile and healthy bite alignment reflects positively on adults at any age. Additionally, straightening natural teeth is typically less expensive than smile enhancement through porcelain veneers and crowns. And remember, natural teeth are made to last your lifetime with proper care.
Orthodontic treatment ensures a natural balance in your mouth that supports all other structures. For those who want straight teeth but not the look or feel of brackets or wires, we are Certified in Invisalign. Invisalign is a tooth realignment system that uses clear molds to guide teeth into their proper positions at a pace that’s similar to that of traditional braces. The molds are also removable for eating and brushing and generally undetectable in a smile. As with traditional braces, however, the goal of Invisalign treatment is to realign teeth for an optimal bite while creating an attractive smile.
If you are contemplating realigning teeth, ask for a complimentary consultation and exam by calling 910-254-4555. During this time, we will be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations that are best your needs and goals. Easy monthly payment options will also be reviewed, if desired.