4 Reasons To Get Adult Braces

At Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, our goal is to transform your smile and your confidence through cutting-edge technology and evidence-based scientific knowledge. We diligently serve our communities with a strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the best customer service for our patients. It’s a common misconception that braces are for kids. Here at Farrow and Dewbre, Dr. Farrow and Dr. Dewbre are happy to inform you that braces can help patients at any stage of life. Whether you’re looking for a more confident smile or simply fixing up previous work, braces for adults can be the beginning of a new lease on life! Here are 4 big reasons why adults should consider treatment through braces. 

Shifting Teeth

As we get older, our teeth have a natural tendency to shift. They can drift back to their original positions over time, even with orthodontic treatment. This is the general cause of retreatment. If a patient was previously treated with braces and forgets to wear their retainer, the shifting of their teeth is also magnified over time. Patients who grind their teeth can also impact how much their teeth move. If a patient experiences tooth loss for whatever reason, teeth will naturally shift in the available space left behind. As you can see, your teeth can really get on the move while you age. This, however, can be rectified through orthodontic treatment. 

Alignment Issues

Certain orthodontic issues must be fixed to prevent further complications or even surgery. Braces also provide many other health benefits. Common health problems such as headaches, jaw pain, digestion and sleep issues can be avoided by getting braces. Braces can also help prevent:

Crowded teeth
It can be very difficult to brush and floss when your teeth are crowded. Your teeth may overlap, and you may feel there is not enough space in your jaw for all your teeth.

Spaces between teeth
Irregularly spaced teeth make it harder to control plaque and tartar. Food particles may also get stuck along your gums which can cause bad breath, gum disease, and other issues.

An overbite is when your upper teeth overlap with your lower teeth. It can cause tooth wear and damage. Misaligned jaws can result in chronic jaw pain, among other problems. Orthodontic treatment can fix your overbite and improve your smile.

An underbite is when your lower teeth extend outward further than the upper front teeth. It can cause difficulty with chewing, swallowing and speaking. Tooth enamel can wear down, and it increases your chance of developing tooth decay and other dental issues.

Open Bite
An open bite is a gap between your upper and lower teeth. It means your teeth do not align properly when your jaws are closed. It can cause frequent biting of your inner cheeks and tongue, the development of a lisp and mouth breathing.

Tons of Orthodontic Options

As technological advancements evolve in the market, treatments are becoming more and more efficient. This makes getting and maintaining your braces a little easier as an adult. With the help of your orthodontist, you can navigate your treatment process the way you want and ensure your smile turns out the way you want. 

In addition, the options for treatment are constantly changing and expanding with shifts in technology and treatment processes. we offer the latest practices, including:

4 Reasons To Get Adult BracesClear Aligners

Clear aligners use a series of invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth. They are typically removable and are designed to fit comfortably on your teeth as they work to enhance your smile. 

Clear aligners are a great option for patients who had braces when they were younger and just need a touch-up. They also work well for patients who have mild to moderate dental problems. While clear aligners are a great alternative to braces, there are a few things to note when using aligners to ensure the most effective treatment possible. 

Clear aligners don’t require any metal, making them easy to apply and use during treatment. As you progress in the teeth-straightening process, the aligners will slowly shift your teeth into place. Each tray is made to slightly shift your teeth until they are perfectly aligned into a new and improved smile.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are a classic treatment option for getting a beautiful smile. Metal braces are bridged together using metal brackets and arches to help straighten your teeth over time. They are typically made of stainless steel and nickel, making the brackets very durable. 

Traditional metal braces are a great way to an even better smile. Traditional metal braces are a great way to get an even better smile. They’re an effective option for treating many orthodontic issues and can close gaps. They also align the teeth relatively quickly. Remember, the treatment and care of your braces are essential. Your diet, hygiene routine, and check-ins all factor in the effectiveness of your treatment. Metal braces also help teach proper oral care. 

Clear Braces

Like metal braces, clear braces use brackets and wires to help straighten teeth. They are made of ceramic material and are also set with brackets. Clear braces are a popular choice for those who want to blend in during treatment. 

The main benefit of getting clear braces is that they are easy to disguise. With the slightly smaller frame, clear braces are designed to blend in with your teeth for a more natural look. 

However, it’s important to note that clear braces are more fragile than traditional metal braces. They can also discolor from things like juice or coffee between visits, so it’s important to be careful when choosing clear braces for treatment.  

Avoid Major Dental Bills

Getting braces as an adult can be cost-efficient in terms of both treatment and maintenance. All the expensive dentist visits that keep your smile in shape can be decreased with the consistency braces provide. They also help prevent problems that could come up if misaligned teeth aren’t addressed. Specific orthodontic issues like jaw misalignment can wear down your teeth, which can leave your teeth chipped, cracked, or even gone altogether, which can be costly for you in the long run. 

Adult braces can help you avoid these pricey problems. Braces also provide many other health benefits. Common health problems such as headaches, jaw pain, digestion and sleep issues can be avoided by getting braces. All this helps you save time, money, and hassle by tackling the root of problems before they can arise. The result is a better long-term smile for a lower price. 

4 Reasons To Get Adult BracesTreat Yourself To A New Smile

At Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, you and your family are our top priority. Our trained professionals are here to help you achieve the smile you’ve dreamed of. Whether you are an adult wondering if now is the right time to transform your confidence, or looking to fix minor issues, give us a call! You’re invited to join our family of patients by scheduling a free consultation at our offices in Oklahoma City, Edmond or Clinton.