6 Little-Known Reasons Why Adults Need Orthodontics

  • October 15, 2016

Braces and teens go together like peanut butter and jelly. You don’t have to pair the two, but it’s happened so many times that the two are almost tied together. But when it comes to orthodontic treatments like braces, many adults are finding a need for these treatments later in life.

Here are six little-known reasons why adults might need orthodontics…

You have more special events to attend — and that means photos. Your first big event as an adult is probably your high school graduation. But that’s just the start of it. There are weddings, family reunions, more graduations, baby photos, and more big events quickly to follow.

Even if you’re older than that, you’ve got class reunions, vacations of a lifetime, and more. No matter how old you are, you have special events coming up sooner than you realize. And that means lots and lots of pictures, especially nowadays when everyone has a great camera in their phone. If your smile is ugly, do you really want to look like you’re scowling in all of those photos?

You could be at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Even with a perfectly even smile, you have to take care of your teeth.

The fight against harmful bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease never stops, and it’s only by watching what you eat, brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting our Leesburg, VA dental office twice each year that you can hope to keep winning. And that’s if your teeth are perfect. Having crooked teeth, big gaps in between, or similar problems can make it harder to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

These problems slowly get worse over time, meaning they won’t bother a teenager but can mutate into a bad problem by the time you’re an adult.
It can help your career and love life. In a perfect world, people would be judged only by their actions and heart. Good people would be loved and accepted simply because they were good people. As an adult, you know that’s not how the world works.

People who are attractive and good-looking get more attention and better treatment. That means an ugly smile can be hurting your chances at getting dates, help at the store, and even a promotion at work. By fixing an ugly smile, you will look much better, leading to better chances at relationships, help, and job opportunities.
Your teeth never stop moving. Some people see orthodontic treatments as a rite of passage into adulthood. If you’re a teen, you get braces.

If you’re an adult, you do not — because you already had them. The problem is that your teeth never really stop moving. Sure, teenagers’ teeth need the most help. But thirty or forty years later, your teeth could have moved enough to make your smile look misaligned and unattractive again.

Your bite could be causing TMJ pain. The joint that controls your lower jaw is called the TMJ. Every time you open and close your mouth to eat, drink, or talk, you use your TMJ. But that joint can get sore and irritated by using it in the wrong way. Your bite (which dentists call occlusion) is supposed to happen in a particular way. If your bite doesn’t work correctly, such as with an overbite or an underbite, you could be putting extra stress on your TMJ.

That can lead to a disorder where you hear popping or clicking noises when you open or close your mouth. That can quickly lead to pain and, in extreme cases, lockjaw. But because this takes time, you don’t notice the TMJ problem as a kid. It tends to become a problem when you’re an adult, and orthodontic treatments can fix your bite problem to help relieve TMJ pain.

You’re living longer. Yes, this is definitely a good thing. Thanks to modern medicine and a better understanding of nutrition, people are living longer than they ever have in the past. But living longer is not necessarily the same thing as living healthier. The longer you live, the bigger the chance that something will go wrong with your smile. That’s one big reason that more and more adults are getting orthodontic work done. There wasn’t a need three or four generations ago, but now there is.

Adults often need orthodontics just like teenagers. And thanks to our ceramic clear braces and Invisalign “adult braces,” adults like you can get the needed orthodontic treatment but in a way that’s really hard for people to notice.

If you would like to get your smile back to looking great, call us today at 703-297-4353or contact us now!