Braces aren’t just for middle and high schoolers anymore. In fact, these orthodontic procedures can be just as common for adults. If you’re wondering why adult braces are getting more popular, you don’t have to look too hard to find an answer. It’s all about achieving the perfect smile and a healthy bite.
Why Adults End Up Needing Braces
Many people who get braces as adults actually had braces when they were younger too. About a third of adults who get braces had them when they were younger. The American Association of Orthodontics says that at any given time there are over four million people in the U.S. that are receiving some form of orthodontic treatment, things like metal or ceramic braces, plastic adjustment trays, or even lingual braces. And why will so many people get them again? Because they either didn’t wear their retainers, or stopped wearing them at some point.
How Your Teeth Shift With Age
As you grow older, it is only natural for your teeth to shift. When you’re body is always changing, it only makes sense that your teeth would as well. There are two reasons for the shifting of your teeth with age.
- Teeth have memory.
If you undergo orthodontic work, you’re repositioning your teeth and bite, effectively moving them from where they ended up growing. When you stop wearing your retainers, your teeth will return to their original positions over time.
- Teeth have a natural tendency to shift towards the center of the mouth.
Not only will your teeth want to move back to their original position, they also start shifting inward. As this happens your teeth will provide less support to your cheeks and lips, which ends up manifesting in a hollowed, gaunt appearance.
Many people will notice that their teeth are shifting inward, because their smiles will become more narrow and wide. As a further result of this narrowing of the dental arch and crowding of teeth, adults will increasingly experience worn and cracked teeth, broken down restorations, gum recession and gum disease.
The Rise in Popularity of Adult Braces
Orthodontic treatment for adults has become more mainstream, where before it was traditionally more of an option for children and teens. In 2000, Invisalign was developed, a revolutionary orthodontic appliance allowing adults to have more options than ever. Invisalign addresses and corrects crowding, shifting teeth, and bite problems, which resolves problems related to gum disease, recession, and chipped and worn teeth without having to endure traditional metal braces.
Finding a Dentist for Your Adult Braces
If you’re an adult interested in either learning more about adult braces and Invisalign, or if you’ve already decided you want to pursue them, let us know. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and get you on your way to a healthier and happier smile.