When you think of teeth braces and wires, you probably think of children or teenagers, not adults. You’ve always wanted to fix your misaligned smile, but life has always gotten in the way. You’ve turned 40 and are wondering if it’s even worth it! Do you think you’re too old for adult braces? Here are three compelling reasons why you should consider orthodontic treatment at this time in your life.
Confidence is important at any age.
If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you are less likely to show them. Smiling faces, on the other hand, are perceived as happier, more attractive, successful, and trustworthy. You may no longer be as young as you once were, but that doesn’t mean you’ve given up on life. You have earned the right to be confident in social or professional situations, and there are still many reasons to smile! Braces are a short-term treatment that can improve how you perceive yourself as well as how others perceive you.
As we get older, our oral health becomes even more important.
Straight teeth are not only more visually appealing, but they are also easier to clean. Small areas of crooked, overcrowded, or gapped teeth may be just out of reach of your toothbrush. Flossing can also be challenging for people with misaligned teeth. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and other oral health issues.
A healthy smile is essential for everyone, regardless of age. Maintaining good oral health, on the other hand, becomes more difficult as you get older. For example, while nearly half of all American adults over the age of 30 have advanced gum disease, the figure jumps to nearly 70% for those over the age of 65.
Scientific studies have long established a link between dental problems and medical issues throughout the body. Indeed, research indicates that people with gum disease are much more likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few conditions that disproportionately affect the elderly.
You Have a Variety of Orthodontic Options.
If you want to straighten your teeth, traditional braces are not required. Clear braces or Invisalign, for example, may be a better option for you. RJ Orthodontics can explain your treatment options and work with you to find a solution that will give you the smile you want while having the least amount of impact on your appearance.
Finally, the advantages of orthodontic treatment far outweigh the disadvantages. Straightening your teeth can improve your self-esteem and make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle as you get older.